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Gore Get Permit for 800-unit Trelawny Housing Development

Jamaica Observer - June 24, 2009

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has given Gore Developments Limited an environmental permit to commence a housing development at Florence Hall, Trelawny.

In June, NEPA decided to grant the developers with the permit that will allow them to construct 828 two-bedroom units each with 74.3 square metres (800 square feet) of floor occupying approximately 72.8 hectares (178.9 acres) of land in New Falmouth, Trelawny.

The agency also granted Gore Develoments with permits to establish a petroleum storage facility and a concrete batching plant at the Florence Hall site.

The proposed property is adjacent to the Northern Coastal Highway on its northern boundary and lies to the east of the Greenfield Stadium.

In accordance with the Natural Resources Conservation (Permits and Licences) Regulations of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act 1991, the NRCA had exercised its right to require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the proposed development before a decision to issue a permit or licence was made.

Gore Developments retained Environmental Solutions Ltd to provide the required environmental management services for conducting the EIA.

NEPA had to approve the terms of reference for the project before moving ahead.