Marie Sherd, Mullumbimby
Reading Hans Lovejoy’s piece in last week’s Echonetdaily re Council’s refusal of Tom Misner’s development application (DA) for a luxury dwelling and recording studio on Coolamon Scenic Drive was a WTF moment for me.
Consider a couple of things: for instance, the recent approval of the DA for a restaurant and car park at Scarabellotis Lookout that also included other dwellings (and the subsequent sale of that property!). Also the fact that two of the oldest recordings studios in the Byron Shire are in the same area, Music Farm and Rockinghorse Studios, Council planning staff deem that the DA is ‘…not in the public interest and would create an undesirable precedent’.
According to the Council a recording studio is considered to be ‘light industry’! The definition of ‘light industry’ is widely considered to be the manufacture of footwear, clothing, and small appliances, for example.
The Echo article states that Mr Misner is taking Council to court. If Council loses, guess who’ll be paying the bill?