11.7 C
Byron Shire
June 14, 2021

West Byron developer sells out

Latest News

Gambian: ‘State budget must encourage uptake of electric vehicles’

The Nature Conservation Council has launched a campaign to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in NSW, with a video and a petition.

Other News

That may be HIStory but HERstory is a bit different

Cr Sarah Ndiaye, BSC Deputy Mayor Tom Tabart, cantankerous curmudgeon. Was glad to see the back of him. Offered him my...

It’s World Oceans Day!

It's World Oceans Day and we just wanted to honour that with a few photos from our library.

Three stabbed, man arrested – Lismore

Three men remain in hospital and a man’s been arrested following a stabbing in Lismore this afternoon.

High school attack

Dan Reade, Ocean Shores Mandy Nolan’s ‘Soapbox’ claim that schools have remained unchanged for the last 200 years, seems only informed...

Mullumbimby home seriously damaged in fire

A home on Ann Street, Mullumbimby, was badly damaged in a house fire over the weekend.

Taking action to help end overfishing

verfishing is one of the greatest threats to the health of our oceans, contributing to biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, bycatch of marine species, human rights abuses, and more.

The ad for the West Byron land sale that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on the weekend.
The ad for the West Byron land sale that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on the weekend.

Chris Dobney

A major player in the controversial West Byron development appears to be pulling the plug on his holding just days before the council’s Development Control Plan (DCP) for the subdivision is due to go on exhibition.

West Byron developer Terry Agnew. Mr Agnew has his portion of the development up for sale.
West Byron developer Terry Agnew. Mr Agnew has his portion of the development up for sale.

Prominent Sydney CBD property developer Terry Agnew bought a sizeable portion of the project early last year from failed local property company Crighton.

He now looks set to make millions of dollars in profit just for sitting on the land for a matter of months.

Mr Agnew’s company Tower Holdings has refused to comment on the issue but a sizeable advertisement appeared in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, with a bird’s-eye view of the land for sale, which appears to be his holding.

In May this year Mr Agnew was spruiking the high prices of Byron land and this is echoed in the ad, which reads ‘Byron Bay median house price is now $966,000.’

The ad says the parcel potentially contains allotments for ‘300-450 dwellings’.

800 houses maximum: council

Meanwhile the DCP for the development will go on exhibition early next month, with Byron Shire Council approving some smaller lot sizes, dual-key and co-op developments.

But the council has ruled out holiday letting in the new suburb and says that a maximum of 800 blocks will be allowed.

The council has come under considerable fire for failing to oppose the development, which was approved by the state government in November last year.

Eventually the government handed the DCP back to council to develop under tight conditions but Byron Residents Group (BRG) described the council’s consultation process as ‘a token gesture’.

‘Of the nine “community members” who attended, two were from interests associated with the developers, four were architects or associated with building, which left only three members of the group who had no vested interest,’ BRG spokesperson Cate Coorey said at the time.

Council’s director of sustainable environment and economy, Shannon Burt, said the draft DCP includes a staging plan for land release, transport movement, pedestrian walkways, cycleways, landscaping for the protection and enhancement of riparian areas and remnant vegetation, active and passive recreation areas, stormwater, bush fire, flooding, contamination and urban design controls.

Ms Burt the aim of the development was to provide ‘a diverse range of housing.’

‘The residential controls include some smaller lot sizes as permitted under the Byron LEP 1988,’ she said.

‘As a greenfield site, mews-style housing can exist within the R3 Medium Density Zone plus opportunities for dual key living to provide a diverse range of living,’ she added.

Ms Burt said co-operative housing could also go ahead to share resources with the intent of providing affordable housing.

But holiday letting would not be allowed within West Byron DCP, Ms Burt said.

She added that the draft DCP cannot alter zonings, lots sizes or building heights as these controls are prescribed within the Byron LEP 1988.

Ms Burt said the number of houses at West Byron would not be known until the development applications for the site are presented to council.

But another staff member was not so coy about the figure.

Strategic planner Chris Larkin told ABC radio this morning the DCP would allow for a maximum of 800 residences.

‘We’re anticipating across the site around 700 to 800 lots would be the final residential [figure at] the site.’

Ms Burt said other elements of the plan allowed for rainwater tanks, efficient street lighting and solar power.

‘Plus a revegetation plan for the environmental zones will be implemented to strengthen habitat corridors,’ she said.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Two WRHS rescue flights from Tabulam in one day

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) say they travelled to Tabulam twice yesterday in separate incidents in the town.

Drug and firearm offences – Tweed Heads

Police say a man has appeared in court after allegedly being found in possession of firearms, drugs and nearly $10,000 cash in Tweed Heads.

Roar

Kate Coxall, BSC Green candidate, Wilsons Creek In response to the silencing tactics of unaware and privileged men in last week’s Echo, I say ‘No’. We, as women,...

Big donation and new poetry competition for BR4R

Local community group Ballina Region for Refugees is having a big month, with a major anonymous donation amongst other news.