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May 10, 2021

Gold Coast style suburbia in Byron Bay

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Villa World's plan for their section of West Byron. Photo supplied.
Villa World’s plan for their section of West Byron. Photo supplied.

The development application (DA) for West Byron’s first suburban subdivision is on currently on exhibition and concerned residents are coming together this Monday July 3 at the Byron Community Centre at 6pm to better understand the proposal and how to respond to the DA.

‘It is what we feared – cheek by jowl suburbia which obliterates threatened species habitat and that is just the beginning of what is wrong with it,’ said the call out for the urgent meeting by the Byron Residents’ Group.

The Queensland based development company, Villa World, is aiming to subdivide this first section into 290 lots that will provide 330 to 360 dwellings with more to be added in the future.

‘The document for this DA is massive, it is thousands of pages,’ said Byron shire councillor Cate Coorey.

‘This meeting is about helping people work their way through it and put together informed submissions and comment. For a lot of people it is impenetrable as wells being expensive to download.’

Due to the cost of construction for West Byron being over $20 million the Northern Rivers Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), who approve around 98 per cent of submissions, are the determining body not the Byron Shire Council.

Byron Shire Council have also called an extraordinary meeting on Thursday July 6 to prepare a response to the West Byron DA.

The community should attend and be part of the process,’ stated the Byron Residents’ Group.

We have to let Council and the JRPP know what the community thinks about this ugly, overdeveloped suburbia being dumped on this sensitive site.’

The meeting will be attended by a number of Byron shire councillors.

The DA is on exhibition until July 12.

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  1. Ahhh…….now that roundabout they are putting in the corner of Sunrise Blvd and Ewingsdale Rd makes “sense”.
    Who financed that?

    • Have a closer look Steve, the Sunrise Bvd roundabout is nowhere near this particular blight on the landscape & in any case it has no exit to the southern side of Ewingsdale road. But if you look at the top left of this graphic you will see a proposed roundabout at the Bayshore drive-Ewingsdale road intersection. All our comments & outrage is pointless anyway as this will be determined by the Northern Rivers Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). So when I become a developer in a future life all I need to do is make sure my proposals are worth more than $20 mill. & I can foist any monstrosity on the locals with out them being able to do anything about it

  2. Looks like a mindless blight on any landscape,,
    But in Byron, a total disaster in the pipeline, both environmentally, and humanly.
    Like living in a beehive.

    Have we learned nothing about livability in urban design?
    Apparently NOT..

    This is just a developer and rates $$$ grab, period…

    Sad. Very sad..

  3. Build as many as you want as long as they are UNDER $500 grand each ! Tell me I’m dreamin’!
    Otherwise forget about it!

    • The obvious answer Max is that developers, like God, like to create things in their own image.
      BTW, it really does look like a dick doesn’t it?

  4. So, does anyone think that the Butler st. “bypass” will cope with the traffic that this (and future) west byron developement will generate?

  5. Two groups brought this about, The real Estate agents that by pass family buyers for the investors that they get the rental commission and repairs payments from. Families are a one up commission!
    The other is our Green council that wont open land up at any cost. a point being made by the hard line NSW branch with the National Greens now.
    Take a look from Haters Hill or Coopers shoot and tell me we have urban sqall, Bullshit!
    We have so many locked of areas and Suffolk Park, Sunrise estate and Byron Hills are a mere dot amongst the green landscape , and they were all opposed as suburbia,
    Where do you people think the workers and employers are supposed to live?? Not to mention the children of the people that have worked, rented and paid rates and taxes in this town and have made great contributions to this place we call home.
    Council continually Cries ( We don’t have a big enough residents Base in the Shire to pay for the Infrastructure so we have to increase the rates)
    My children have grown up in this town and deserve the chance to buy a block of land and start a family where they grew up and still pay rates indirectly Via rent to a landlord.
    The fact that any and all new dwellings are sold before completion must tell you something about the high demand for AFFORABLE Housing in this town.
    Don’t get sucked in by the selfish people that have a home and the real Estate agents that leach off this decision to open up a new estate

  6. Sickening suburbia,when this will stop?we should open up new trenches and like at the Water Tower in Paterson st (years ago) chain ourselves to the bulldozers! Big sign with written words “NO PASARAN!!”) Jaimini

  7. Beware of Villaworld and the subcontractors they have used in the past up here in Qld . There have been massive problems with them and their substandard building quality ( according to buyers who are considering class actions ) and even carpets turning green after a few years , on large housing estates , especially at Mt Cotton in the Redlands . Google it .

  8. Wally get a better paying job and stop holidaying overseas if you want affordable property in the bay. You blame real estate agents for selling to investors? Are you high? Your probably another blow in not even from here.

    This development will destroy Byron. May as well move to Bondi. People supporting this hoping for affordable housing you must be kidding you won’t be able to afford these properties. Will be sold to high income earners from the city.


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