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Berengaria: The conditions of the Environmental Authority for the project

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Positive conditional is opinion

Βερεγγαρια: Οι οροι της Περιβα λλοντικorς Αρχorς για το Εργο

Conditionally positive is the Environmental Authority's opinion on the revival and operation of the Berengaria hotel and the construction of houses in Prodromos. The project, worth 40 million euros and with an estimated execution period of three years, is expected, according to the owner company bbf, to be operational within 2026. In the information report on the project, the company Limadino Limited is mentioned as the owner of the project, which is related to bbf.

The proposed Project concerns five (5) stages that are separate urban planning applications:

– Subdivision of land into 3 plots

– Demolition of 2 existing buildings

– Mixed tourist development, maintenance, rehabilitation, addition conversions and extension of existing listed hotel on the proposed plot

– Residential development

– Single residential development

It is noted that, according to the Project Architects, the composition and functional characteristics of the Mixed Tourism Development are implemented based on the relevant Policy Framework determined through relevant Decisions of the Council of Ministers.

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What does each stage of the project include:

According to the environmental impact study, the land division stage includes: creation of 3 plots, allocation of green space, community equipment and public road. The proposed demolition concerns two existing buildings located within the plot under study, maintenance, restoration, conversions and expansion of an existing listed hotel. The development will occupy an area of ​​4524.10 sq.m. The proposed hotel unit will consist of 32 rooms, 12 condo units, a swimming pool on the ground floor and in the basement, an underground spa, a restaurant and ancillary uses.

The residential part of the development has an area of ​​704.28 sq.m. and consists of 1 apartment building with 6 one-bedroom apartments and 1 apartment building with 8 studio apartments. The Unitary Residential Development in the under-construction plot involves 13 two-bedroom houses, 5 three-bedroom houses, and 4 four-bedroom houses. In total this part of the project concerns 22 residences, car parks, 1 bicycle garage and a ski storage area. The total area of ​​this development will amount to 2,980.58 sq.m.

The development will also include:

– Two swimming pools of 100 cubic meters .

– Gym with a proposed area of ​​93 sq.m.

– Restaurant and dining areas with a proposed area of ​​409 sq.m.

– Bar with a proposed area 132.20 sq.m.

– Reception with a proposed area of ​​72.30 sq.m.

– Kitchen with a proposed area of ​​717.5 sq.m.

– Offices with a proposed area of ​​20.80 sq.m.

– Luggage storage proposed area 8.20 sq.m.

– Vehicle parking spaces will be 100 in total.

Additional bicycle parking will be built with 19 external places and storage space for ski equipment.

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The effects

What has been emphasized by the architects during the presentation of the project is the preservation of their character on the one hand and the environment on the other. In the impact study it is stated that based on the Architects of the project, the forest land will be preserved to a large extent (existing flora), any planting done will be of a limited scale and will concern strengthening the existing flora. Relevant provisions for firefighting and fire protection issues have also been taken into account (accessibility, firefighting points, etc.), placement of firefighting nests in private plots based on the instructions of the Fire Protection Department.

During the initial design of the project, they were identified the following possible effects:

− During the demolition and construction stage of the PE, there will be increased levels of noise and dust, affecting the species of fauna and birdlife, at least within the lot and up to some distance from the boundaries of the lot. The effects concern the possible abandonment by the species of fauna, even temporarily, of their living spaces within the 12 block and at some distance from its boundaries. Also, the increase in dust is likely to affect the flora within the plot.

− The clearing or cutting or thinning (e.g. pruning) of the vegetation will have effects both on the individuals themselves of the plants, as well as the fauna that may lose habitats.

Based on the mapping done on a topographic plan, it is expected that 118 trees, with an average age of 70-80 years, will be affected by uprooting, cutting, pruning or covering the ground around them during the construction of the PE. The trees that may be affected belong to the species Juniperus foetidissima (Invisible), Quercus infectoria (Oak), Cedrus brevifolia (Cedar), Platanus orientalis (Plant) and Pinus nigra (Black Pine). One of the three century-old black pine trees recorded within the parcel is also expected to be affected.

According to the mapping of the Department of Forestry, within the plot, habitat 9530* is recorded, which will be affected by the cutting of 36 individuals of black pine and by the deforestation of the lower vegetation. The percentage of the habitat that will be affected is less than 1% of its entire area in the territory of the Republic.

The said habitat is a habitat for the designated species of the SPA: Oenanthe cypriaca, Lanius nubicus, Parus ater cypriotes and Certhia brachydactyla dorotheae, but no nests of these species have been recorded within the plot.

− The building revitalization work may affect the nesting potential of the Apus apus species and other bird species that nested in the abandoned building.

− During the operation of the PE, there will be an increase in the human presence within the of the plot, as well as an increase in noise and lighting, elements which may affect the return of fauna species to the plot.

After the discussion of the PE in the ad-hoc Committee, the Environmental Authority asked the project owner to make appropriate modifications in order to reduce the environmental impact, mainly regarding the cutting of black pine individuals.

With the modifications made, the number of black pines affected is reduced by 10 and limited to 26, compared to the 36 affected before the modifications.

Terms

Based on the assessment of the Environmental Authority, the project can be licensed if the identified impacts can be mitigated by imposing specific conditions, the Department of the Environment points out in its opinion.

During construction:

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1. Due to the importance of the species Pinus nigra for the species Oenanthe cypriaca, Lanius nubicus, Parus ater cypriotes and Certhia brachydactyla dorotheae, the number of black pine individuals to be felled must be limited as much as possible to a maximum number of 26 individuals, such as are reflected in Annex II.

2. The positions of the horseradish (Taraxacum holmboei) within the plot should not be affected.

Before starting the work, the identified positions should be fenced off so that they are not affected by the construction work.

3. To plant a corresponding and/or greater number of local species of flora, especially the deciduous plants and trees that exist in the area, in the area that will be landscaped within the development area and the Public green space that will be created.

4. The cutting and pruning of the trees should be carried out in accordance with the instructions given by the Department of Forestry and in their presence, in order to ensure that nearby trees or vegetation are not affected. Also, for the trees that will be covered with ground around them, basins should be created, where possible, without ground cover that limits the influence of their root system.

5. The external lighting should be limited to what is absolutely necessary and diffused light should be avoided (with a 'down-lighting' system). The design of the external lighting should be done in accordance with the Management Plan of the ZEP “Troodos National Forest Park”, for the least impact on the birdlife of the area. The lighting design should be submitted for approval to the PA before the issuance of the Building Permit.

6. During the construction works, use new models of machinery and vehicles to limit noise

7. The cutting of trees and the removal of vegetation should be done outside the main breeding season (except the period of February – July) of the birds.

8. The earthworks and construction works should be carried out in a way that affects the main breeding season (February – July) of the birds as little as possible. Before starting the work, the Game and Wildlife Service and the Forestry Department should be informed.

9. In order to reduce the noise emissions from the building facilities, appropriate soundproof construction materials should be used.

10. Not to create paths that direct visitors/tenants within the EZD and ZEP.

11. The residences A2, A1, D, H1, H2, I and B should not have terraces on the floor, which should be oriented towards the forest.

12. In order to reduce the nuisance caused by the increase in the level of dust, continuous wetting of the piles and the vehicle traffic roads should be carried out.

13. Construction work to be strictly limited within the area of ​​the proposed project.

14. During the construction work, no rubble or other materials will be left on the site or on the slopes of the road.

15. Cables and all associated electrical infrastructure should be carefully insulated to prevent electrocution of birds

16. Demarcation and fencing of the areas where earthworks and construction works are to be carried out, as well as preventing an undisturbed area with natural vegetation from being affected.

17. Undergrounding and installation of public infrastructure networks (electricity, water supply and drainage) along the road network.

18. Placement of green areas towards the boundary of the EZD and ZEP, so that the development is removed as much as possible from the protected areas.

19. The private access road to be landscaped so as not to affect the century-old black pine tree.

In operation:

20. Do not dispose of solid and/or liquid waste or other objects in the area within the proposed project and around it.

21. It is prohibited to discharge, deposit or dispose of any substance, which pollutes or tends to pollute the waters and soil in accordance with the Water and Land Pollution Control Laws of 2002 to 2013, unless the discharge is made in accordance with a waste disposal permit which granted by the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment.

22. In order to reduce the impacts on the nesting of species in the building cavities, part of the cavities in the external walls of the building should be preserved or constructions or artificial nests should be made for nesting in the buildings or the project areas. This action should be done under the guidance of the Game and Fauna Service.

23. The use of laser-type lighting, the use of projectors or high-power lighting in the exterior areas of the project is prohibited.

24. Loud music or events with increased noise levels are prohibited outside the project.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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