20.4 C
Byron Shire
June 24, 2024

Developer refuses to reduce height, design of large Bruns DA

Latest News

$6.8 million Tweed pound contract awarded

The Tweed Shire Council has awarded a $6.8 million contract for design and construction of a new state-of-the-art animal pound and rehoming centre.

Other News

Forrest Organics

Victoria Cosford At the Forrest’s stall while Dave serves and chats to customers, wife Sue is showing me the magazine...

The stuff of stars

Australia’s favourite gathering of astronomers, space enthusiasts and science-forward friends is finally back again in 2024. The organisers are bringing back many of the speakers they had planned before the pandemic cancelled the last event.

Why have NSW Labor failed to hold their promised drug summit?

On budget eve the banner ‘Premier, you promised. Drug Summit Now’ was dropped across from NSW Parliament calling on NSW Labor to set a date for the long awaited NSW Drug Summit.

Wiggle it for the solstice

A full moon ‘Winter Wiggle’ is on Saturday as the solstice tribe connect. They will be rocking Durrumbul Hall from 6pm till midnight with local legendary DJs: Pob, Halo, Ria Listic and 4 Eyes; plus special guests Daddy Issues  – making a road trip from the Central Coast; and Avaxa – will be slipping in a wiggle in her world festival schedule, flying up from Melbourne.

The danger years for food allergies

A University of Queensland project aims to make the teenage years safer for Australian children diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies. 

Rising Tide activists head to Justine Elliot’s office with kayaks

Today saw just over 40 people kayak from John Follent Park in Tweed Heads to Faux Park in South Tweed, before walking close to a one km with their kayaks to the Labor Member for Richmond's Office to demand an end to new fossil fuel projects.

Developer Sasha Hopkins is also behind a number of development applications (DAs) around Butler Street in Byron Bay. Photo www.au.news.yahoo.com.

Paul Bibby

A controversial dual occupancy development proposed for Brunswick Heads looks set to be rejected by Byron Council, after council staff changed their advice, and recommended refusal.

The owner of 16 Short Street, a Melbourne-based property developer, is seeking permission to demolish the existing single-storey cottage on the site and replace it with two large, double storey townhouses, each with five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

130 objections

More than a 130 local residents have formally objected to the proposal, arguing that it is out of character with the surrounding dwellings owing to its size, which exceeds height plane rules for that part of town.

They also fear that, rather than becoming two family homes as claimed by the developer, the development will be used as a quasi boarding house or an ‘Airbnb motel’.

The immediate neighbours also argue that the proposed dwellings would significantly overshadow their properties.

When the matter first came before Council last November, councillors voted unanimously to defer the matter pending further investigation by staff into the height plan encroachment, and shadowing impacts on neighbouring properties.

This was despite staff recommending that the development should be approved.

Having undertaken these investigations, Council staff have now recommended that councillors issue a refusal when the matter comes before them at this week’s planning and development meeting.

A staff report issued as part of the meeting agenda says that shadow diagrams recently submitted by the developer indicated that the proposed development would overshadow the house next door.

This was despite the fact that the diagrams ‘did not appear to show the full extend of the overshadowing created by the two dwellings’.

‘Options to further reduce the impact have not been taken up by the applicant in terms of amending the design as suggested [by Council at the November meeting],’ the report says.

‘This could have included a reduction in the width of the building on the first floor by up to a metre to provide for increased setbacks to the eastern boundaries to address this issue.’

The impact on the neighbouring property was further exacerbated, staff said, by the fact that Council had recently approved a second house there, which would experience significant overshadowing.

The report also noted that the developer had refused to reduce the height or design of the property to minimise the extent to which it breached building height plane rules.

Staff concluded that ‘the proposal on review is considered to generate unreasonable impacts on the neighbouring development’ and had ‘not adequately addressed the resolution in terms of amending the design of the development to provide for better compliance with the building height plane and to lessen impacts on the immediate neighbour to the east.

‘In the circumstances it is recommended the development application be refused.’


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

Curtains up on Byron High’s debut musical

After many months of hard work and rehearsing, Byron Bay High School students and staff  are about to perform their musical whodunnit on June...

Wallum developer welcomes arrests

The developer behind the beleaguered Wallum urban subdivision on rare and sensitive land in Brunswick Heads welcomed the recent arrests of protectors who have blockaded the site over the last four months.

Fresh police appeal for witnesses in Gage Wilson case

Police have issued a fresh public appeal for witnesses in the case of missing Mullumbimby man Gage Wilson.

Ballina MP mostly welcomes state budget announcements

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed some of Labor’s funding announcements in last week’s state budget, including a new Fire and Rescue station for Byron Bay and more firies.