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Some locals could miss out on having their say regarding the controversial West Byron developments owing to an error by the Department of Planning, the Mullumbimby Residents Association says.

A public meeting will be held on February 4 so that those who made a submission in relation to the proposed mega housing developments can address the planning panel charged with deciding their fate.

But the letter sent out by the Department of Planning to the 5,000 people who made submissions listed the date as February 2018 rather than February 2019.

The convener of the Mullumbimby Residents Association, Dr Sonia Laverty, says that while many will realise the error is a typo, some may miss their chance to speak.

‘If you’re anything like me you’ve got a pile of paperwork on a desk and you only go through it from time to time,’ Dr Laverty said.

‘I think there’s a risk that people will see the letter and dismiss it because it says 2018.

‘This isn’t some medium sized DA for a few houses, it’s a really big development that could change the character of the entire Shire. To be fair to everyone the Department of Planning should send out a new letter.’

The two proposals for the site would see more than 650 residential lots built next to Ewingsdale Road at Ewingsdale.

This would add an extra 14,000 to 16,000 vehicle movements each day, an increase that many locals feel is not sustainable.

Those wishing to speak at the February meeting must register to do so with the Joint Regional Planning Panel by January 31.


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