Tweed Shire Council is coming to grips with holiday letting in the area by approving ‘in principle’ nine applications for tourist accommodation.
The council recently decided to follow Byron Shire Council’s lead in trying to gain some control over the holiday letting industry.
It has been estimated that up to 700 properties are being used for holiday letting in the Tweed without any approval from council.
Mayor Barry Longland recently put forward a motion calling for a report that ‘provides the scope for the preparation of a holiday letting strategy paper’.
The report, to be given priority-planning status, would ‘identify a range of appropriate planning mechanisms needed to support this strategy’.
At last week’s planning meeting, councillors unanimously (with Cr Gary Bagnall absent), gave in-principle support to nine development applications for tourist accommodation, but called for the conditions of consent to be brought back to a future council meeting.
Seven of the applications were for properties in Kingscliff while two were for properties in Casuarina.
Meanwhile, council staff are preparing a report to the council which will identify areas within the Tweed local government area that are considered suitable for holiday letting, as well as those that are not.
The Tweed ‘in-principle’ approvals were granted despite staff conclusions that the developments should be refused.