‘Hotel’ will ruin lifestyles say residents

Residents of Oakland Court at Byron Bay protesting against the planned ‘hotel’ development near their homes.
Residents of Oakland Court at Byron Bay protesting against the planned ‘hotel’ development near their homes.
A TIGHT-knit group of residents in Oakland Court at Byron Bay is fighting a planned development which they say will ruin their tranquil lifestyles.

They say the proposed redevelopment of the Sunseeker Motel in Bangalow Road will see it turned into a ‘hotel’ with a restaurant, bar and underground parking.

With the entrance and exit to the planned underground parking area planned for Oakland Court, the home owners say their quite residential street will see an enormous increase in traffic and will put children, who play in the street, in danger.

Spokesman for the residents, John Bryant, said the Oakland Court-Bangalow Road intersection was already dangerous enough without adding any more traffic to the equation.

Mr Bryant said there would be an estimated 300 extra traffic movements a day if the development got the go-ahead.

Planning consultant, Chris Pratt, hired by the residents to lodge a submission against the planned development on their behalf, said the scale and character of the planned development, including nine-metre high walls, were ‘resort style’ and would destroy the existing high residential amenity of Oakland Court.

Submissions on the application close next Wednesday.

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