Byron council 'happy' after court cuts contribution by $2.4m

BYRON Shire Council is pleased with a recent Land and Environment Court result which paves the way for a 316-bed hostel.

The redevelopment of the former council chambers now operating as Main beach Backpackers had been on hold while the developer, Steve Agnew, appealed Byron Shire Council's section 94 developer contributions.

The court ruled the charges be reduced from $3.2million to $800,000.

The council's executive manager of planning, Ray Darney said the most recent approved DA consists of a 316 bed backpacker hostel, two restaurants, one takeaway shop and five new shops.

"In 2010 the DA was modified by the applicant and as a result, the contributions reduced," he said.

"The court upheld the council's revised contribution schedule of $894,000. The developer appealed. The most recent decision may see the amount reduced to about $800,000."

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