West Byron developers dismiss claims about high home numbers

IN THE wake of the recent Save the Bay Rally against the West Byron Development, the site's landowners have sought to dismiss claims by the Byron Residents Group (BRG) that there would up to 1100 houses on the site.

Project manager Stuart Murray said the figure of 1100 listed on their website was a theoretical maximum.

"In theory, if you carved up the 52 hectares of the site that's proposed for housing, you could get a figure of 1100 lots," he said.

"We have to be open about the theoretical maximum, or we'd be accused of hiding something but, in reality, that would make a completely unworkable development."

A decision to rezone the 108-hectare site for development currently sits with State Planning Minister Pru Goward.

"If it (the rezoning) gets approved, then we would enter into the detailed design phase which would give certainty around the details above," Mr Murray said.

"What we do know though is that the figure of 1100 is a gross over-simplification that simply doesn't reflect what's being proposed for West Byron."

But the stoush over the number of houses allowed on the West Byron development has been dismissed as a furphy by the BRG.

"The real reason for the rally was to send a message to the NSW State Government in Sydney," said BRG president Cate Coorey. "The proponents have ignored council's rejection of the development and are hoping the State Government can help them pull this off."

The BRG also called on National Party candidate for the seat of Ballina, Kris Beavis, to state his position on the proposed subdivision.

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