IN THE PINK: Shaded areas indicate which parcels of land have been slated for rezoning.
IN THE PINK: Shaded areas indicate which parcels of land have been slated for rezoning.

Bangalow bracing for housing boom

SIX parcels of land in Bangalow have been proposed for rezoning for housing.

If the land is released, it would offer up to 150 dwellings for the heritage town, according to Byron Shire Council’s head of planning, Ray Darney.

The plans for the sites have been put on public exhibition for 28 days for the council to receive submissions and there will be a community information stand open in Bangalow next week.

Mr Darney said the sites will need to be rezoned from general rural and agriculture to 2(a) residential.

“The rezoning of the land will allow for future land parcel releases to accommodate a mixture of residential house blocks, townhouses and retirement villas,” he said.

The blocks are in Rankin Drive, Granuaille Crescent, Ballina Street (two), Thomas and Charlotte streets and Parrot Tree Place.

The Rankin Drive/Granuaille Crescent site has been recommended as fit for low density residential, and has the potential for 39 dwellings.

One of the Ballina Street sites could be developed as a 52-unit residential estate for seniors, consisting of self-contained dwellings.

Head of the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, Michael Malloy, said the potential new housing was a good thing for Bangalow.

“This has become a very desirable place to live and prices have risen accordingly,” he said. “This will lead to some more residential property at an affordable level.”

The sites were identified in the Bangalow Settlement Strategy 2003 and the Byron Shire Local Environmental Study 2008.

The proposal will be available at access points around the shire and on council’s website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/PublicExhibition.



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