THE proposed development site, behind the Great Northern Hotel.
THE proposed development site, behind the Great Northern Hotel.

$9m project for vacant Byron land

By RACHEL AFFLICK

A THREE-STOREY backpacker hostel and supermarket could be built on vacant land behind the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay.

Details of the $9 million development have now been made available to the public.

The owner of the site, Chase Byron Developments, originally planned to build a motel and restaurant on the land, which has a prime CBD location on the corner of Byron and Fletcher streets.

However, the new DA seeks to modify the building to a 260-bed backpacker hostel and ground-floor supermarket with multi-level basement parking.

Byron Shire Council planning director Ray Darney said he had some concerns over the look of the building when originally informed of the modifications.

"It appeared the external look of the building had changed too greatly from the original application," Mr Darney said.

Mr Darney said more recent submissions from the developers seemed reasonable, but were still being assessed.

"We generally have some concerns," Mr Darney said.

"There are traffic issues in the centre of town to be assessed.

"There is some advantage to people though, being located close to town and close to services.

"It takes some of the focus off residential housing which is being used for holiday accommodation."

While a major development, it would not be not be the town's%biggest backpacker accommodation.

Earlier this year, the council approved a 300-bed facility in the old Byron Bay Council Chambers, on the corner of Lawson and Fletcher streets.

The proposed Chase Byron site is vacant, having being cleared in preparation for approval.

The DA is on exhibition at the Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby until October 3.



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