Rescission motion on Ewingsdale seniors project rezoning

BYRON Shire Council decision to rezone land at Ewingsdale to allow a seniors living estate to be built will be challenged at the next council meeting.

The council voted on October 9 to rezone land adjacent to the new Byron Shire Hospital which would allow a development application to be prepared for seniors living housing and retail development

Byron councillors Duncan Dey, Simon Richardson and Basil Cameron have lodged a rescission motion against the rezoning to be debated at the council's meeting next Thursday.

Meanwhile, the developers of the Ewingsdale Seniors Living Plan, Belbeck Investments, have employed an independent market research firm to undertake more community surveys of Byron Shire residents aged over 55 to show the community at large supports the plan.

"The feedback we had from our community consultation meetings in July was very positive and enthusiastic," Belbeck Investments Director, Leigh Belbeck, said.

"We believe this further research will show that is only a vocal minority opposing the plan, but overall a lot more people are in support for Ewingsdale Seniors."

The results of the phone survey will be presented to Byron Shire councillors before they debate the recision motion, Ms Belback said.

The seniors living concept had been progressed after the announcement of funding for the new Byron Shire Hospital, Ms Belbeck said previously

He said the recent State announcement to fund the new shire hospital was a "game changer" and the concept was in response to a serious shortage of seniors' accommodation in the area.

Mrs Belbeck said four years of research had gone into identifying the site as being ideal for the project.

"This region has one of Australia's fastest ageing populations, but not enough seniors' accommodation," she said.

The project would see multiple seniors living houses built; an aged care facility, while 1.65 hectares would be used for a medical centre, shops and cafes.

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