Resident group pushes to ban house holiday letting
THE newly established group of Byron Shire residents opposed to holiday letting in housing areas has swelled to 100 members and is to pressure council to prosecute a court action that will create a legal precedent banning the practice.
Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) sprung from the several public forums held in the shire to look at its tourist/resident conflict.
It is also demanding a place at a workshop to be convened with members of the Holiday Letting Organisation (HLO), representatives of letting agents, councillors and staff to discuss options for regulation of holiday letting.
"We have to have representation," said founding member Simon Davis.
VOHL was disappointed by the outcome of a recent court case in which a Ewingsdale property owner surrendered to council demands before a judge's ruling was given - so no precedent was set.
Byron council's governance manager Ralph James said the landowner's "surrender and consent to orders" meant holiday letting would no longer take place at his the Bay View property.
But, he said: "No precedent was set on the definition of a 'tourist facility' as the matter was not heard before the Land and Environment Court'.
The two opposing groups disagree about the legality of holiday letting under the shire's local environment plan.
Council has resolved to defer authorisation of proceedings on other holiday let cases until after results of the workshop.