Dave Ames says Merricks has “full planning permission” …
“Last month, Harlequin’s The Merricks Resort project in Barbados was finally granted full planning permission after years of protracted studies and work. It was initially anticipated that this process would be much quicker, but Harlequin has always kept purchasers updated with progress.”
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“Harlequin is delighted to announce that last week it received full planning permission for The Merricks Resort project in Barbados. There are normal conditions attached to the permission and our team is now working to ensure we have full compliance to allow us to commence works.”
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BFP’s old friend St. George’s Dragon checked personally at the Planning Office and is not so sure…
Mr Ames announced at the investor meetings that Harlequin had received full planning for Merricks. I admit that I was skeptical about this so I thought I would drop into the Barbados Town & Country Planning Office this afternoon to check. It is possible for members of the public to check applications. The information you can see is limited, though.
The original Planning Application was numbered 2602/09/2007E and an initial check on this showed only the outline approval which was granted back on 19 May 2010.
When I looked to see if there were any other applications by Harlequin I found 0825-05-2012E which was submitted on 14 May 2012. Full planning approval for this was granted on 27 March 2013, subject to 35 conditions. None are particularly onerous, just the sorts of things you would expect on a large development – reserved matters for future approval of various technical elements of the work etc.
A couple of comments.
If the approval was granted at the end of March, why did Mr Ames say they got it on Friday – or is that just postal delays from Barbados to the UK?
The other thing is that is unclear is how much of the development has approval. 2602/09/2007E was for the complete Merricks development. 0825-05-2012E is for “resort facilities phase 1 including the erection of buildings and public road improvements”. It is not clear what the extent of phase 1 is, and I was unable to see drawings. I hope it was not just for the show units!