Royal Gazette: Government considers delisting two buildings

Royal Gazette: Government considers delisting two buildings

The Government is considering the possibility of delisting two Grade 3 listed buildings, according to recent notices.

The move comes as the Bermuda National Trust voiced concern over the failure to preserve buildings listed for protection for their architectural and historical value.

According to the notices, published in the Official Gazette, Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, is considering delisting 70 Somerset Road and 10 Spice Hill Road – a property also known as Cane Villa Cottage.

The notices said that under the Development and Planning Act 1974 he was required to give notice to owners, occupiers and the public of the consideration so that he can receive any representations or objections before a final decision is made.

Such representations must be made in writing to the Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs by May 22, 2023.

Cane Villa Cottage was added to the list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest in 2008, while 70 Somerset Road was added to the list in 2002.

Charlotte Andrews, head of cultural heritage at the Bermuda National Trust, said the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Department of Planning in particular, maintained the island’s Listed Buildings Register, making them “the first point of contact for concerns about listed buildings or historic monuments”.

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May 2, 2023 News