THE parcel of land near Belongil Beach once owned by Club Med then Melbourne developers Becton is once again to be developed into an eco-resort by its latest owners, Brisbane's Peggy and Brian Flannery.
North Byron Beach Resort has lodged with Byron Shire Council an S96 application to modify the still-existing 1987 Byron Beach Resort development approval so it can build 75 cabins, with an application expected to follow later this year for a central resort facility which would include a 300-person conference facility; pool and day spa; restaurant and bar; gym and multi-purpose studio.
In addition the developers have approval to construct the Sun Bistro on Bayshore Drive and have plans to develop an environment centre onsite and possibly a light rail service into town...
The project is expected to cost $101.2 million and generate $23 million into the economy per year and the creation of 111 direct and 176 indirect fulltime-equivalent jobs, the developers said.
Ms Flannery said she wants to create something with "the lowest possible environmental footprint" on the land that was twice the subject of local controversy and protest when both Club Med and later Becton tried to develop.
"I wasn't aware of that history when I first saw the land," Ms Flannery said.
"I just fell in love with it the moment I stepped out of the car," she said.
"We are not Becton and are taking a very different approach," she said.
The plans for North Byron Beach Resort are on show for local residents with the resort inviting locals to attend guided tours operating this week.
"We encourage everyone to check out our website and book a 30-minute site tour to hear the project details first-hand, ask any questions and give feedback," said project and development manager, Jeremy Holmes.
"The Byron Beach Resort approval and design was more reflective of our vision for small single-storey cabins dotted throughout the landscape and is the appropriate design response to the sensitive site conditions" said Mr Holmes.
- North Byron Beach Resort will develop 75 cabins and a central resort facility
- Total footprint will be 8000sq m
- Resort central facilities will be single-storey raised off the ground
- Restaurant and bar (open to public)
- 300-person conference facility
- Day spa (open to the public), gym and multi-purpose studio plus resort pool and spa
- Public beach access facilities will be upgraded to include car parking, a beach shower, public toilet, bins and a cafe/kiosk open to the public.
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