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Objections filed against St Regis

An artist's impression of the proposed new hotel in St George's

Objections have been filed against the proposed St Regis project in St George’s, with the location of estate lots being one area of contention.

A series of estate lots are included in the fifth phase of the hotel project, located to the west of Tobacco Bay and southwest of Achilles Bay.

In one letter of objection, Kenneth O’Connor wrote: “I’m objecting because I would like to see the surrounding areas to these two open spaces to remain as open green space.

“I believe the rezoning of these areas to allow future development will be detrimental to the experience of the fort and Tobacco Bay beach area.”

The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce also filed an objection, expressing a need for additional time to review the 880-page application.

Kim Smith wrote that it was “impossible” to review all of the documents within the usual two-week objection period, saying the deadline limited the ability of BEST or concerned members of the public to identify objectionable elements within the proposal.

In subsequent e-mails, BEST suggested extending the deadline until September 9 while a representative from the developer said they would be happy to work with the charitable organisation. While a planning official stated that they were not able to extend the deadline, they said BEST should submit any concerns about the plan in writing even past the 14-day period, stating that out-of-time objections would be forwarded to the Development Applications Board before they make their decision.

Plans for the St Regis Hotel project, which include a 122-room hotel, hotel amenities, a casino and several condominium buildings, were submitted to the Department of Planning on August 1 and are available for public viewing both on the department’s website and at their offices in the Dame Lois Browne-Evans building.