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Last chance to have your say on Marvel St DA

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The owner of 7 Marvel Street is proposing to demolish the fibro and timber house on the property and replace it with a three-storey building made up of 29 one and two bedroom hotel rooms, swimming pool, health spa and shops.

An artist’s impression of the development proposed for 7 Marvel Street. Image from DA

The proposal is smaller than what was previously put forward by the developer, with the number of hotel rooms being reduced from 32 to 29, and the basement carpark being reduced from two levels to one.

The Development Application (DA) states that getting rid of the basement carpark will reduce the environmental impact of the proposal because it will mean less disturbance of ground water and the acid sulphate soils that exist in that part of the town.

It will also mean a reduction in noise, dust, vibration and truck movements associated with excavation.

However, some locals are concerned that reducing the amount of parking on the site will mean that guests will have to park in the already-crowded surrounding streets and carparks.   

‘If this is approved you’re basically going to end up with a situation where there are just a handful of car parking spaces catering to 29 one and two-bedroom hotel rooms,’ the manager of a local accommodation provider said.

‘The guests are going to end up taking spots from businesses and others. 

‘I realise Byron Council is trying to reduce the number of cars in town, but I think there’s a responsibility to provide sufficient parking for new developments.’

The DA for the site says that it will provide guests with ‘alternative, greener transport options’ including the shared use of two electric vehicles and six bikes.

However, the manager of the local accommodation provider said she did believe providing these options would significantly reduce the number of cars.

‘I really can’t see guests coming to this hotel without cars.’

‘Are they really going to get a bus to the Cavanbah Centre and then ride their bikes with their big suitcases strapped to their backs?    

‘I think it’s much more likely that they’ll at least want to drive into town.’

Public submissions for the Marvel Street DA can be made electronically using Council’s Application Tracker , emailed to [email protected], posted to PO Box 219, Mullumbimby  NSW 2482, or delivered to 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. The idea of reducing the number of dedicated parking spaces is an insult to anyone who drives/parks in Byron Bay, as well as to the guests staying in the hotel.

  2. Don’t it always seem to go,
    that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,
    they paved paradise,
    and put up a parking lot….

  3. How can all these DAs be approved – let alone lodged – without addressing the issue of provision for adequate off-street parking for tenants? And somewhere to store their bins? They have been recurring themes in recent months for Mullum, Bruns and Byron DAs. Seems like a major oversight of the LEP and DCPs to allow this. Time for another LEP / DCP amendment perhaps?

  4. Again A Development that’s not thinking of the community. Development being Developed for monetary gain no doubt.
    Greed is suffocating this town overdeveloped under the cake gets smaller and smaller for business owners . Byron is a sad town that has lost its heart.

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