Suffolk Park units approved

APPROVAL for a large residential development on Broken Head Road will be the ruin of Suffolk Park, according to unhappy residents.

“People have worked hard for years to try to lift the image of Suffolk. Now it will go back to being known as Suffering Park,” Greg Duggan said.

Byron Shire Council yesterday gave the green light for the development, on land adjacent to the BP service centre, and consisting of 52 units in 13 blocks of four two-bedroom flats on a 3.3 hectare site.

The Suffolk Park Progress Association had been hoping for a delay to the application, to sort out questions of drainage, contaminated land, noise, and a spike in social problems.

But the only significant amendment to the proposal was the stipulation that the units not be used for holiday letting.

Resident Bernie Petry said the people buying units on the estate would need a snorkel and mask to cope with the flooding.

He produced photographs showing the site under water.

Council’s planning director Ray Darney said the photos were ‘a true statement of fact’ but that the units were ‘designed to accommodate that’.

Mayor Jan Barham spoke in favour of the proposal, saying the 78m{+2} units were ‘reasonably generous’, and that the project met council requirements on density, environment and impact on residents.

“This is very much needed in Byron Shire,” Ms Barham said.

Also in favour was Paul Richardson, who said the development would increase opportunities for people to buy in Byron.

Patrick Morrissey and Richard Staples opposed the DA, on flooding and drainage grounds.

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