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Plan for Bermudiana Beach Southlands development rejected

Plans for the Bermudiana Beach Resort, including the original plans for the events lawn and parking, located to the left side. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Government is to revise plans to create an events area at a South Shore resort earlier proposals were rejected.

The original proposal, which included an events lawn, restrooms, storage areas and a 42-space car on land to the west of the Bermudiana Beach Resort was slated for part of the Southlands estate, a national park.

But the plan was knocked back by the Development Applications Board in December.

A Government spokeswoman said: “The Parks Commission will be invited to support a revised plan and thereafter resubmit to the board.”

She added that plans for other developments at the site – including a funicular railway to carry guests to and from the beach – had been approved and that a building permit would be applied for.

No further details about the financing for the project was disclosed.

But David Burt, the Premier, said on Sunday that the Government were “working diligently to satisfy the requirements for the $10m financing for the addition of those amenities”.

The previous proposal, submitted by legal firm MacLellan & Associates, asked for permission to create the events lawn and other facilities on the south east corner of Southlands.

The area would have been leased by the Government to the developer of the resort, with the events lawn said to be an “integral part of the hotel operation”.

The Department of Parks supported the proposal and said the plan was consistent with the department’s long-term plan for the park.

But the National Parks Commission raised concerns about the development’s “excessive” size, the amount of woodland that would be lost and potential limitations to public access.

The NPC also highlighted a historic gun battery mount in the parkland and insisted it should be preserved for educational purposes and “not destroyed or buried”.

The DAB said woodland reserve conservation areas should be preserved where possible and the historic gun battery “does not appear to have been considered”.

The board also suggested that the proposed development could be moved to the land east of the resort which, although privately owned, is vacant.

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Published May 10, 2021 at 7:24 am (Updated May 10, 2021 at 7:24 am)

Plan for Bermudiana Beach Southlands development rejected

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