GEORGE TOWN: The Pulau Jerejak development plan to turn the island into a world-class resort and residences will go ahead.
Penang Island City Council mayor Yew Tung Seang (pic) said planning permission with conditions had been given to the developer, Tropical Island Resort Sdn Bhd.
He said the council also gave approval for certain existing structures on the island to be demolished to make way for the development.
Yew, however, did not elaborate on what the structures were, citing that it was still too early to say when the project would take off.
“Everything has been agreed in principle.
“However, there are other stages for the entire planning which would take some time,” he told reporters after a full council meeting at City Hall yesterday.
Gerakan and several NGOs had earlier voiced their concerns over the development, which they claimed could encroach into the forest reserve of the island.
The state, however, had stressed that the forest reserve would continue to be protected.
It said that development would take place only on a former resort that had shut down as well as other areas that had been previously developed.
It was earlier reported that the mixed development project would consist of a 10-storey hotel with 350 rooms, a four-storey clubhouse, three blocks of 10-storey service residence (450 units), five-storey shop offices (60 units), two blocks of 10-storey condominium (556 units), four-storey villa (44 units) and a 10-storey service residence (180 units).
The total land size of Pulau Jerejek is 362ha while the development will only be on a 32.2ha site.
Former Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon had said in April that the project would comply with the regulations imposed by the council.
He said the developer must adhere to the conditions and not carry out development on the forest reserve.
It is also learned that a bridge will be built to link Pulau Jerejak with Penang island.
However, no cars will be allowed across, save for electric-powered vehicles and bicycles.
There may also be public fishing jetties, public parks or gardens and a round-island jogging and cycling lane.