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A renewed application for a housing development on the grounds of historic Walsingham House will be opposed by the Bermuda National Trust.

The news came after Tom Moore's Tavern restaurateur Bruno Fiocca made an application for a continuation of planning permission for the development on the grounds.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “Over the past 15 years the BNT has consistently expressed its concern about proposed development at this site. Walsingham House, where the restaurant is situated, and its surrounds are of major importance historically and ecologically, so the BNT pays particular attention to all applications affecting the area.”

She added: “The Grade 1-listed building is a rare cruciform house built in the 17th century, and the property itself is in a hurricane flood zone which abuts Walsingham Nature Reserve, an environmentally sensitive area with diverse habitats supporting rare and endangered plant and animal species. In fact, the Walsingham Caves are among fewer than 20 caves in the world to be named a ‘global hotspot of subterranean biodiversity'.”

The trust is the second organisation to announce plans to submit an objection to the planning application.

The Bermuda Audubon Society said this week that it would oppose the renewal application on environmental grounds. Approval for the four tourist units on the 4.4-acre Hamilton Parish estate that is home to Tom Moore's Tavern was first granted to Mr Fiocca in 2008.

The renewal application said that the units will be for residential use.

Tom Moore's Tavern, built in 1652, was once the private home of the Trott Family and a place that inspired famous Irish poet Tom Moore. It is now a very prestigious restaurant and park, with winding trails and hidden spots, where visitors can view Castle Harbour or Walsingham lake (File photograph)

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Published August 10, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated August 10, 2020 at 3:05 pm)

National Trust to oppose Walsingham project

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