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GOVERNMENT INTERESTED IN BUYING 654 ACRES AT TRELLIS BAY

The unsuccessful plan to construct a five star hotel and golf course on Beef Island by Quorom Island BVI Ltd would be buried for good once government is successful with its plan to acquire the property that was proposed for that development and use it for the proposed airport development.

The announcement that Government was interested in getting the property was confirmed in a report of the 18 December Cabinet meeting. In that report it was disclosed that Cabinet permitted the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) to commence negotiations with the representatives of Quorom Island BVI Ltd. for the purchase of 654 acres of land located at Trellis Bay, Beef Island.

In order to execute the task Cabinet also decided that the BVIAA be supported by the Senior Lands Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour during the negotiation process.

Hong Kong registered company Quorum Island Developers has maintained its interest in the property for years. The group’s biggest push for the development commenced in 2004.

At the time they proposed to build a five star resort, mega yacht marina, and golf course. However, the project was highly opposed by nearby districts and was subject to many public meetings and even a court case.

At the heart of the controversial matter were the proposed development of a resort that included: inner and outer marinas; a marina village; a 200 room hotel and spa; residential lots and villas, Trellis Bay Commercial Centre, and an 18 hole, 180 acre golf course. Residents protested claiming that if completed the project would have adverse effects on Hans Creek and the surrounding area.

The project was ruled against in 2009 under a VIP administration, when Justice Indra Hariprashad-Charles quashed the project’s Planning Approval Letter. Then the matter made its ways to court after the Virgin Islands Environmental Council made a case against the proposal.

However, Quorum alleged that the proposal for the golf course was part of a development commitment that was presented in 1995 to then Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt.  The developers have always maintained that they sought expert advice as it relates to environmental impact of the project.

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