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A Hayters Hill bed ’n breakfast proposal one week, a restaurant the next.

Further to a previous story regarding a bed and breakfast proposal on Hayters Hill, another development application for a restaurant on the same property is now before Byron Shire Council.

The initial DA sparked neighbour concerns that it would become a wedding venue.

Restricted to just Saturday, the restaurant proposal says it would trade for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

According to the proposal, breakfast and lunch would have a maximum of 50 customers while dinner would run from 5pm until midnight and cater for a maximum of 95 customers.

To offset amenity and noise issues, acoustic barriers are proposed, ‘adjacent to the western property boundary and adjacent to the kitchen door.’

Town planner Joe Davidson justifies the plans owing to the site being ‘located within a deferred matter under Byron Local Environmental Plan 2014.’

‘Subsequently, it falls within the 7(d) Scenic Escarpment Zone under Byron Local Environmental Plan 1988.’

But the location is surrounded by neighbours within a reasonably close proximity.

The proposal says, ‘At the closest point, the proposed restaurants is setback 12.4 metres from the Bangalow Road frontage. A setback of 10.3 metres is proposed to the western property boundary and setbacks of over 55 metres are proposed to all other property boundaries.’

Cr Paul Spooner (Labor) told The Echo that councillors had not received any information over the development, but says he expects it will go through the planning review committee.

‘Wedding venues in the hinterland are a sore point for the community, so I expect councillors will look at this closely,’ he said.

Echonetdaily contacted Davidson to ask if the proposal would be a wedding venue. Neighbour and former mayoral candidate Jack Sugarman told Echonetdaily he was told by the proponent that he intended to host weddings. There was no reply by deadline.

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