Malta's La Toc Hotels proposes to redevelop Dingli explosives factory as a resort

Dingli Cliffs, Malta
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In Malta, Valletta-based La Toc Hotels—owned by Dirk Hili, Bianca Anastasi and Veli Holdings—has applied to redevelop the existing licensed Pulvich Explosives Industries factory in the northern village of Dingli into a resort and spa. According to MaltaToday, the existing site would be excavated to accommodate the new facilities. 

The site of the factory is designated as one of "High Landscape Value," and it is a buffer zone to an ecological conservation site. Although the proposed redevelopment is limited to the already-developed site, development on the site could attract further traffic and urban development in the area—a cause of concern for environmental groups.   

In 2009, a previous application on the same site, which was outside development zones, was presented by the government to redevelop the building into a fireworks factory. Three years later, the application was rejected because the site is a rural conservation area and for safety reasons. Former Dingli mayor and current minister of planning and transport Ian Borg objected to the development because it was in the Natura 2000 protected site and a special area of conservation. 

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