DA for Dan Murphy’s is relodged

A new application for a Dan Murphy’s ‘super’ liquor store under the Dendy Cinemas at Byron Bay has been lodged with Byron Council.

The first application, lodged with the council more than a year ago, led to a storm of protest from existing liquor outlets, Byron United and residents.

The application from the Woolworths-owned outlet was withdrawn last July after Byron Council highlighted several issues of concern, including traffic and the lack of a social impact assessment.

At the time, a Woolworths spokesman said the withdrawal was only temporary and the application would be resubmitted as soon as the requested information had been compiled.

The application seeks to convert most of the retail space on the southern side of the Byron Plaza into a 1090 square metre liquor store.

Darren Pearson, the general manager of The Cellar, which has two liquor outlets in the town, said the planned liquor store would replace seven small shops with a ‘superstore’.

A Byron Council spokesman said that upon receiving a similar application last year, council requested the applicant to provide more information about the social impact the proposed development would have.

A social impact assessment has been included in the current DA.

The application will be considered by the council’s Planning Review Committee on February 16 which will decide whether the application will be determined by planning staff, or by the full council. Submissions on the application close on January 27.

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