Byron man wins fight against holiday letting
The Suffolk Park resident battled for several years to stop the owner of his neighbouring property renting it out as a holiday party house.
He finally relented after numerous attempts by both Mr Deyris and the Byron Shire Council but now the peace may persist thanks to a decision the council made just last week.
“I had this guy next door, I called the police so many times and even somebody from council came once and saw about 14 cars,” he said. “This went on for five years. Once when I called the police the
kids started to throw bottles over the fence.”
Holiday letting in residential areas of Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads may only be allowed in special ‘precincts’ under a plan by Byron Shire Council.
The council voted last Friday to include the holiday let precinct idea in their draft Byron Shire Local Environment Plan.
The precincts will include Belongil, Lighthouse Road and Wategos and the older part of Brunswick Heads, excluding the Bayside area.
Holiday letting will be banned in Suffolk Park and Pacific Vista if the planis approved by the State Government.
The precincts have been selected for being close to the beach and within walking distance to tourism facilities.
Under the council’s concept, an annual licence would be required to holiday let homes in these precincts.
Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham said she would have preferred holiday letting banned completely from residential areas but believed the precinct concept was a compromise needed to help regulate the
“Holiday letting is a tourism activity and it needs to be managed properly,” she said.
Suffolk Park had been left out of the precinct as it was a residential area and a long way from the tourism facilities of Byron Bay, Cr Barham said.
An information package on the precinct concept will be put on public exhibition by the council.