14.5 C
Byron Shire
April 15, 2021

Public submission period extended for Byron mega hotel DA

Latest News

SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

Other News

Man charged with assault after death at Coffs Harbour

A man will face court today charged with assault as inquiries continue into the death of a man at Coffs Harbour after an altercation on Saturday.

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

NSW Farmers commends the NSW Government on its delivery of a rebate scheme for NSW and local government fees and charges, following its $500 million commitment in the State Budget last year.

Is it solar fair?

Meg Pickup, Ballina The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) draft rule change will result in solar households and businesses being...

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Paul Bibby

Byron Council has given locals an extra week to have their say about the plan for a 146-room hotel and function centre in the heart of Byron Bay.

A council spokesperson this morning confirmed that the extension had been granted, after a number of locals expressed dismay at the lack of time to put in their submissions.

The developer behind Byron’s Mercato shopping mall is planning to build a sprawling $40m mixed-use development on the old Woolies site next door that significantly exceeds both height and floor space limits.

In a development application that was lodged just before Christmas, Mercato is proposing to build a 146-room hotel, function centre, and retail premises on the Jonson Street site.

An artist’s impression of the front of the 146-room hotel and function centre which Mercato wants to build on the old Woollies site on Jonson St Byron Bay

Named Essence of Byron, the three-storey development is topped with a private rooftop pool and bar that takes it more than 20 per cent above the 11.5m height limit for central Byron

The development’s 7,515 square metres of floor space also represents a 36 per cent exceedance of the floor-space ratio limit for this part of town.

A group of locals opposed to the plan are calling on others with similar views to register their opposition to the plan with Byron Shire Council.

‘This dreadfully inappropriate building is proposed to replace the old Woolworths site in the heart of Byron and has no character or any heritage elements to fit comfortably in our town,’ one of the residents, Maria Wood said.

‘It looks like a 1970s office block, is 2 stories right onto the footpath with no setback at all.

‘It would be great if the green roof was accessible to the whole town as an extra park or public space but this is something for the hotel only and dominates the street without a setback.

‘There is no adequate streetscaping.

‘This DA … has absolutely gone under the radar. It wouldn’t be allowed in Bangalow or Mullum as it just does not suit the character of the town in design or materials or presence, proportion or setback or greenscaping to the street’, she said.

A spokesperson for the developer said that only five per cent of the building’s footprint was above the height limit.

He also said that those components that did exceed the limit were set back from the road and would not be easily visible.

The proposed floor area was ‘necessary to support a viable hotel of this character’.

‘A comprehensive assessment has been undertaken, which demonstrates the proposal will not result in adverse built amenity impacts and will provide positive social and economic impacts for the Shire,’ the spokesperson said.

Those wishing to make a submission on the proposal can email council at [email protected]or call customer service on 02 6626 7000.


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

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Interview with Jean Kittson

Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.