Byron Council has reached a court-based agreement with one of the West Byron developers that will result in 150 houses being built on the green field site.
In an outcome which dramatically reduces the number of houses to be built on the site but nevertheless brings significant environmental and traffic impacts, the council and Villa World Pty Ltd formally reached an agreement following mediation last month.
The agreement, which was formally ratified by the Land and Environment Court yesterday (Tuesday), includes the staged subdivision of 149 residential lots, including four larger ‘lifestyle lots’.
It also involves the creation of seven ‘green infrastructure lots’, together with ‘vegetation removal, earthworks, landscaping, creation of public reserves, roads, environmental management and protection’.
The agreement also involves a raft of conditions, many of which are designed to reduce the environmental impact of the development, including protection works and ongoing maintenance.
The agreement to allow around 150 houses on the site is a major reduction from the original plan proposed by the developer.
However, for those who have long fought against the development, the decision is a major blow, as it leaves very few options for appeal, particularly given that Council agreed to the deal.
The fight against development at West Byron has spanned decades.
The most recent court case was an appeal by Villa World against the refusal of their Development Application by the Northern Regional Planning Panel.
A second court case, involving another developer made up of local landowners, is still on foot.
Yesterday’s judgment paves the way for a similar deal to potentially be struck with that developer.
More to come