Govt to determine Splendour site fate

THE State Government will now determine the application from Splendour in the Grass organisers to develop their North Byron Shire Parklands land at Yelgun as a permanent festival site.

While residents will still be able to make submissions on the application, Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham said they might feel their input might not receive the same respect they would expect if the council determined the application.

The general manager of North Byron Shire Parklands, Mat Morris, said the scope of the application for a permanent event site took it outside the council’s jurisdiction under New South Wales State planning laws that dealt with major projects.

He said there would still be ongoing involvement with the council’s planning department and ‘local DAs’ would be lodged to improve the habitat values of the land.

In May, the Land and Environment Court overturned council approval for a trial event on the site on technical grounds.

But with the State Government to now make a decision on an application to develop the land as a permanent festival site, Mr Morris said Byron Council had been advised that the development application for the planned trial event next year would be formally withdrawn.

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