Byron Shire Council headquarters at Mullumbimby
Byron Shire Council headquarters at Mullumbimby

Delight as Mullum flat project blocked

A HOUSING development opposite Woolworths in Mullumbimby has been rejected by Byron Shire Councillors,
after months of impassioned lobbying by neighbours likely to be affected by it.

The project involved knocking down a house next to a vacant lot and building five townhouses 8.6 metres high on the site.

Simone Ormsby, who lives next to the site, said resistance to the development had been "a big community effort".

During public access she told councillors told councillors that the building would shade her solar panels during winter and most of the summer and cause mould to grow - "a health risk to me and my daughter, both being asthmatics".

She was "delighted" with the councillors' refusal, and not only for herself.

"It's the right decision and I'm glad this kind of development has been halted here, and as a precedent for all of
Mullumbimby.

"We're in a heritage significant area here and in the new LEP buildings will only be allowed to be single-storey."

If the project had been allowed to go ahead it would have provided a green light to developers, "and this type of housing will spread through Mullumbimby and possibly the greater shire like a cancer".



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