‘Precinct’ model still favoured by council

Byron Council last week reconfirmed its support for a controversial ‘precinct’ model for controlling holiday lets across the shire despite a large number of objections.

And it has included two new areas – South Beach Road and Riverside Crescent at Brunswick Heads – to be added to those areas already earmarked as holiday let precincts.

More than 1000 submissions were received by the council when the precinct model was put on public exhibition earlier this year as part of the draft shirewide Local Environment Plan, with 84 per cent of them opposing precincts, with almost the same percentage also opposing a complying development process.

A report to the council said the most favoured option was for holiday letting to be controlled by a group not associated with the council such as the Holiday Letting Organisation (HLO).

However, the council is still waiting for advice from the Department of Planning on whether it will allow the council to push ahead with the precinct proposal.

That advice could impact on the options open to the council in controlling holiday lets.

There has been a strong push from residents, tired of having their lives disturbed by partying holidaymakers, to have holiday lets banned in major residential areas.

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