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Tourist-looking Byron DAs rile neighbours

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Two large DAs near the Byron Butler Street bypass project have ruffled the feathers of locals wanting to maintain their street heritage.

A DA for 12 Burns Street proposes demolishing a post-war cottage and erecting four townhouses, all two storey, as well as four swimming pools.

Echonetdaily understands that the owners, who live on Butler Street, are in negotiations with developer Sasha Hopkins prior to Council consideration. Similarly, Echonetdaily understands a proposal to demolish a dwelling at 91 Wordsworth Street also includes an agreement between the property owner and Hopkins.

The heritage report within the Burns Street DA admits that, if approved, it ‘would result in changes to the fabric and setting of the Burns Street Conservation Area.

‘However, these changes are not considered to be of significant detriment to the heritage character or value of the Burns Street Conservation Area’.

Butler Street resident, Paul Jones, told Echonetdaily the Burns Street proposal encroaches the building height plane and is at odds with ‘the heritage listed “character area” of single storey pitched roof cottages set in generous gardens.

‘The proposal is effectively a medium density development in a low density R2 heritage zone’.

12 Burns Street  DA 10.2019.666.1 and 91 Wordsworth Street DA 10.2019.627.1 are now on exhibition.

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  1. Mmm, So the Bypass that was DA’d as a Bypass is now not a Bypass but part of the Byron CBD. Well build another road further out into the wetlands that then can be a real bypass that will bypass the proposed bypass that is now not a bypass.

  2. Byron wants the tourists and with tourists comes the development that tourists want…shopping and decent accommodation. Bryon made a pact with the tourist jenie..it’s out of the bottle and you are stuck with it..

  3. The development proposals in our neighbourhood are excessive, out of character and a bad investment. Our neighbourhood is a residential and heritage area not a tourist development zone, the proposals are not family or community friendly. Look after our environment, our heritage and our community – these are our best tourism assets! One that got away in our streets is a completely out of character 2 storey, 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom + pool + granny flat on 450sqM bugger all yard space – been on the market for 2 years, no one interested, its just a party house.

  4. A 2 story medium density block if 3 townhouses was approved & built in my street too. I don’t think the council considers the height envelope in R2 developments. Its a farce & I don’t understand why they don’t just abolish it.


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