The battle over West Byron will return to the Land and Environment Court next week after a compulsory conciliation meeting between the developer and Byron Council failed to bear fruit.
The developers responsible for one of two major proposals for the site, the R&D Group, took Council to court over its ‘deemed refusal’ of their development application.
The court required the two parties to take part in a conciliation meeting on Monday to see if they could reach an agreement over R&D’s plans for a $40m 163-lot mega development.
Not surprisingly given Council’s strong expressed opposition to the plan, the two sides were unable to agree, with a difference of opinion over expert evidence bringing the meeting to an early end.
The matter now looks set for a lengthy hearing in the Land and Environment Court, that could take months and cost both sides hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It is scheduled to return to the court on Tuesday for mention before Registrar Sarah Froh, at which point the applicants (R&D) will indicate whether they want an extension of time to respond to the legal arguments made by council during the recent conciliation meeting.
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