Caravan plan for Byron resort site
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
AFTER nearly two years of deliberation, Melbourne developers Becton have applied to Byron Shire Council to develop their Byron Beach Resort site.
After an initial proposal to build a $100 million, 379luxury holiday home village at Belongil Beach, Becton have now dramatically scaled down plans, from architect-designed luxury holiday homes to a caravan park. This week Byron Shire Council received an application to operate the site as a caravan park with 27 short term caravan sites and 31 camping sites.
But the plan has already been rejected by the council with new planning director Ray Darney returning the licence application because it had provided "inadequate information to meet requirements", specifically detailed maps of the site dimensions and access roads.
Setting the record straight yesterday was the general manager of the Byron beach resort, Sonja Hans, who said Becton's grand vision had not changed, but she was simply trying to keep the business going while the developers and council continued their ongoing negotiations.
"I approached Becton and said we can't just sit here and do nothing," Ms Hans said.
"We will be re-submitting our application and I hope to have it up and running by January."
The site would operate as a caravan park indefinitely until an agreement could be reached with the council over further devel- opment, Ms Hans said.