A new Skennars Head development application has been lodged with council this week. The development is called The Outlook and will be located on the old Stewart Farm land between Angels beach estate and Skennars head.
In documents lodged with the council, the proposed lots would generally range in size from 600sq m to 900sqm, with some lots above 1200sqm. Initial cost estimates put the development at $14 million.
The developers are asking for deferred commencement approval, which would delay works until a western connection road was built by developers (Lend Lease and Royal Bank of Scotland) of the neighbouring Pacific Pines Estate.
Timing for the new western road which is part of Stage 1C of Pacific Pines estate, is still unclear and not likely to be any time this year – Stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand!
For full details of the application head to Ballina Shire Councils online DA trackers, its really useful website for keeping up to date with changes in the shire.
The West Byron Project is represents a significant land release for the Byron Bay area. With significant public opposition to the project, the West Byron Project team will have their hands full delivering the rezoning application. Stage 1 of the project includes submission of the proposal to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure seeking to rezone the site to allow urban development. The proposal was amended by the Department to take into consideration the feedback received from the community and other government agencies.
West Byron Development Site Plan
The project has been on display to the public in Byron and currently 1800 people have signed a petition against the project on change.org. Provided the developer understand that the development of this land must consider the existing and future needs and aspirations of the community and other stakeholders, and delivers on this approach, then the project should be successful to the Byron community.
Should the project go ahead in whatever eventual form, there will be no doubt positive economic impacts for the community in terms of jobs and development. Without a doubt the development must include some type of Byron bypass road to the West. Byron is crying out for this piece of infrastructure and must be built to accommodate such a large development.
The road would most likely be constructed using some form of rock bridging layer at the foundation, with earthfill placed above this bridging layer. The geological setting consist of alluvial flood plains with potential acid sulphate soils. No doubt a challenging site to develop. Check back for updates as the project progresses.
Hopefully the development form of develop for this area will included a West Byron bypass.