Concern over proposed Sandy Bay development
Local heritage and environmental groups have highlighted concerns that a proposed housing development south of Both Worlds could encroach on Sandy Bay beach.
The Gibraltar Heritage Trust, Environmental Safety Group and Gibraltar Ornithological Natural History Society issued a joint statement on Tuesday, addressing their concerns over the development.
The groups said that, as depicted, the development would result in a very significant loss of public amenity, including for beach users
“The buildings would encroach on the beach itself and we consider this
completely unacceptable,” the statement said.
The three organisations said they would be following this proposal very closely, adding that Sandy Bay is an attractive tourist site.
“Part of its appeal lies in its location and quite natural setting, framed by the slopes and Rock above, and the rocky shoreline to its north and south,” the statement said.
“The land that is targeted for development currently consists of open, flower-filled habitat and includes WWII military structures.”
“It is enjoyed not just by beach-goers but also by the many people who walk by whilst exercising.”
“The ramp down to the beach would be used for vehicular access to the development, making access trickier for users.”
“The loss of any natural habitat or heritage structures will without a doubt be detrimental to the enjoyment of the area by the public.”
Although the public consultation period for comments to the Development and Planning
Commission is now closed, the groups have urged all concerned members of the public to make their views known to the Town Planner or their organisations.