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Riddell’s Bay project approved

Independent senator James Jardine (File photograph)

Senators yesterday approved a special development order for an 18-home development and the creation of a 64-acre of conservation area at the former Riddell’s Bay golf club.There were no objections in the virtual Senate session to the Riddell’s Bay (Warwick Parish) Special Development Order.Concerns were raised in the House of Assembly last week about whether public access to areas of the former Riddell’s Bay site would continue for future generations if ownership changed hands. Anthony Richardson, a Government senator, told the Senate that Castile Holdings, the owner and developer of the 87-acre site, had since agreed to ensure commitment that the land would be open through a “grant of easement”.He added the terms of the undertaking could not be changed. James Jardine, an independent senator, said: “The public access aspect has been dealt with.”Home affairs minister Walter Roban, who led the debate on the SDO at the House, described the project as “an example of a successful partnership between the developer, environmental groups and Government to achieve a balanced development in the public interest”.Mr Roban said today: “I must also commend the work of the Department of Planning. The in-depth planning process, which is transparent and always allows public consultation, has provided appropriate protection of the land and a unique development opportunity, proving what is possible even in these challenging times.”He added: “Another exciting component of the SDO is the provision of public access to 64 acres of conservation land. Such an agreement is significant.“This new Riddell’s Bay development will also bring jobs, for a period of time, to Bermudians in a variety of industries and proves that Bermuda continues to attract investment from persons interested in premium international real estate.”An extension of Covid-19 related regulations until September 31, the Public Health (Covid-19) Emergency Extension Order, was also approved.