A proposed nine-storey development of one of the last green spaces in St Paul's Bay was unacceptable, the Democratic Party said on Wednesday.

In a statement, PD said the proposal to turn fields behind the tal-Veċċja promenade into apartments, offices and garages would negatively affect the quality of life of all those in the area.

PD member Timothy Alden said the area served as a promenade connecting two parts of St Paul’s Bay, with an adjoining cave.

“PD stands firmly with residents against the encroachment of public space, particularly for the purposes of speculation and short-term economic planning on behalf of the government and Planning Authority,” Mr Alden said.

He added that the area was bordered by public benches and a square with a view of the bay.

Development of the site would lead to the loss of this entire square as a public space for nearby families to relax.

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