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Hyatt not my call, says Cummins

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

Hyatt not my call, says Cummins

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CHIEF TOWN PLANNER Mark Cummins has reiterated that the decision on giving the green light for constructing the controversial Hyatt Hotel on Lower Bay Street, The City, is out of his hands.

He addressed the issue – and that surrounding Rock Hard Cement, both of whose principal is developer Mark Maloney – following the unveiling of a plaque honouring staff of Town Country Planning with 25 years of service.

While Cummins did not delve into the intricacies surrounding the Hyatt proposal, which involved building a 15-storey hotel in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, he stressed that the final approval was not his.

“Since 1986, the Town Plan Order was amended which gave the minister responsible for planning [the Prime Minister] the authority to grant planning commission for beachfront developments, which Hyatt is, and agricultural land in excess of two acres,” he said. (AD)

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