This is not the first time the Carlyon Bay development project has been scrutinised by the government. An application to make several amendments to the approved development was called in for a public inquiry in August 2004. Ampersand wanted to allow year round habitation of the properties and replace the existing, rundown Coliseum concert hall with a new leisure facility. But it took the government 12 months to decide to hold a public inquiry. To avoid further delays Ampersand withdrew the application. Many of the properties had been pre-sold with a guarantee of year round occupation and, as this was no longer going to be possible, Ampersand refunded deposits with 5% interest earlier this year.