BYRON Shire Council has refused a development application for the redevelopment of the Wollongbar Motel in Byron Bay to a 203-room hostel.
The DA, for the motel in Shirley St, included a basement car park and swimming pool.
At its meeting last week council staff cited eight reasons for refusal, which included: the proposal was likely to have an unacceptable environmental impact with a likely generation of significant noise; the impact on the littoral rainforest; the size of the development which would have negative social impacts in Byron Bay generated by its scale and character; and that the development did not comply with the Byron Local Environment Plan 1988.
Cr Ross Tucker, who voted against the recommendation, said he did not accept all the reasons for refusal and saw ‘potential for a challenge.’ from the developer’.
“I am trying to avoid costly litigation,” he said.
“While I agree with some of the reasons for refusal, I feel that council could have imposed conditions like limiting the bulk of the development.”
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