Court case may be looming over Station St development
BYRON Shire Council's decision to knock back a $5 million development in Bangalow may be appealed in the Land and Environment Court.
The application to build a two-storey residential and retail building at 9 Station St was rejected by the council five votes to four at their last meeting, despite being recommended for approval by council staff.
It is the second time the council has rejected the plans to build boutique-style residential units for the elderly in Station St, with both applications meeting fierce community opposition.
The first plans were refused by the council in April 2013, primarily on the grounds the development was out of keeping with Bangalow's style and because of bulk and scale.
Spokesperson for the project, Bangalow town planner Paul de Fina, said the developers had gone back to the drawing table after that first refusal and had submitted an entirely new application that complied with the council's criteria and addressed community concerns
"This (refusal) sends a message that developers are not welcome in Byron Shire," Mr de Fina said.
Mr de Fina said the developer was considering his options which include appealing the council's refusal in the NSW Land and Environment Court.