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The Farm seeks to approve unauthorised land uses

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A planning proposal, now on exhibition on Council’s website, aims to authorise activities at The Farm, located on the corner of Ewingsdale Road and Woodford Lane, Byron Bay.

While it has remained a popular venue since its inception, The Farm’s owners have been accused by Council staff of operating activities without consent.

Council staff say the purpose of the proposal will identify a ‘Rural Activity Precinct’ and a ‘Farming Precinct’ and that will be achieved by introducing a ‘new local clause into the Byron LEP 2014 to allow a range of land uses that support farming activities’. 

‘Existing commercial outlets for farming products grown on site will be allowed’. Staff continue, ‘Opportunities such as farm field days and exhibitions for the community to learn about and appreciate farming, would also be allowed.

‘The Planning Proposal deals only with existing uses. It will not authorise new development.

‘The amendment to the LEP will not alter the existing RU1 (Primary Production) zoning of the land’.

On September 3, 2020, The Echo reported The Farm’s owners Emma and Tom Lane sold to local business and property owners Fraser and Allyson Short. 

Public feedback on the proposal ends May 31.


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