Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa suffer another setback in their plans to build another mansion in Byron Bay
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky suffered another setback in their plans to build a second “Westfield-style” mansion on a 35-hectare site in an exclusive neighborhood of Byron Bay.
Daily Mail Australia revealed in August that the Hemsworths wanted to build a new seven-bedroom house – each with its own bathroom – within a mile of the $ 30 million mega-mansion they call their home.
The new digs are expected to cost the Hollywood couple $ 4.4 million, but remain in the works for now.
Daily Mail Australia has learned that approval for the new compound has been put on hold due to a lack of expertise within the Byron Bay Council.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky’s plan to build a new Westfield-style mansion in Byron Bay has been delayed
The new $ 4.4 million ‘Westfield-style’ mansion will be less than a mile from their $ 30 million family home (pictured)
“The board has lost a large number of its employees in recent times and there is a huge backlog in processing development approvals,” a source told Daily Mail Australia.
“Not much is happening with it yet.”
Development has been plagued by problems since it was tabled earlier this year, with experts saying the Hemsworths were ‘dreaming’ if they hoped to meet their documented budget.
“The development approval said the estimated cost to build the two houses was $ 4.4 million. I think that wouldn’t put Christmas dinner on the Hemsworth’s table, ”a construction industry expert told Daily Mail Australia in August.
“The number will be much higher. “
Hemsworth bought the land – about a mile from his existing Byron Bay mansion – for $ 4.25 million in 2019.
A blowout is unlikely to damage the chests of the Thor star and his wife, who have a combined net worth of around $ 200 million.
Development plans were first tabled in March, and a final draft was submitted to Byron Bay council in July.
If the setbacks bother the Hemsworths, they do their best to hide the pain.
Chris and Elsa hope to build a new mansion with seven bedrooms – each with its own bathroom
An equestrian center nicknamed “El Caballo Blanco” has already been built on the new 35 hectare site (photo)
Chris and Elsa are said to be recent buyers of an exclusive 1,312-acre beachfront site in Tasmania called Piano Coves.
The area includes eight land titles with a price guide ranging between $ 10 million and $ 15 million.
The property, in the northeast of the state, has nearly 2 miles of ocean frontage, including beaches and coves.
The sale comes after Chris and his brothers Liam and Luke bought several multi-million dollar properties in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales.
These purchases helped “drive up house prices” in the town of Newrybar, 18 km from Byron Bay,
Plans for a new four-story house have been filed for final approval with Byron Bay Council
Council faces huge backlog in processing development approvals, source says
Last month, Pataky stepped out in a bikini to bask in the sun at her existing mansion in Byron Bay.
The Spanish actress, 45, showed off her incredible figure as she and a girlfriend frolic by the infinity pool.
Pataky posted on Instagram photos of the couple dancing by the water’s edge with the beach in the background.
The Snakes On A Plane star had stayed in Byron Bay while her husband was filming his new Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder.
Hemsworth flew from Australia to Los Angeles without his wife and children to continue working on his new blockbuster.
The Australian star also appears to be hiding his anguish over the delays in the family’s latest real estate development.
Just a few weeks ago, his brothers Liam and Luke made a rare public appearance together as they went out for dinner with their father Craig and Liam’s girlfriend Gabriella Brooks.
Elsa (right) doesn’t seem intimidated by the development delays as she was seen enjoying cocktails by her resort-style infinity pool
Hemsworth and his family were all smiles as they left the Via Veneto restaurant in Santa Monica.
In September, Daily Mail Australia revealed that Hemsworth’s new development had already caused a stench among some Byron Bay residents, with the council confirming it had received four objections to the development.
It was the same month that development was expected to receive the green light.
A council error demanded it be reposted after wrongly underestimating the true cost of development by over $ 1 million in a previous listing.
The development will also now have to be presented to the board at a public meeting, which will open the debate among other potential opponents.
Detailed plans show the new residence desired by Hemsworth is 35 meters long, has four levels, and sports a mandatory pantry and swimming pool.
Under planning requirements, homes must include a 10kW solar system, which will require up to 35 solar panels.
The couple are rumored to be buyers of a 1,312-acre property (pictured) in northeast Tasmania that includes eight land titles
With average temperatures rarely below 20 ° C and reaching 30 degrees during the warmer months, the Hemsworth people can expect to tap into the network to keep homes cool.
“It will need to have its air conditioning on 24/7 in the summer because it gets really hot there in the summer,” a local said.
The second building planned by Hemsworth on the site will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Located on the pond, the site already has its own cabin and an entertainment area in the middle surrounded by water.
A three-car garage will house the Hemsworths and their Hollywood comrades, who are expected to fall back on the new pad if all is clear.
The site has already raised eyebrows with some curious locals, who have raised concerns about some of Hemsworth’s existing structures.
Aerial photography shows that a large stable complex has already been built and a large horse arena.
Called “El Caballo Blanco” by some – in reference to a famous horse riding theme park that operated at Catherine Field on the outskirts of Sydney in the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Elsa (pictured) and husband Chris are said to have a combined net worth of around $ 200 million
The development of the existing Hemsworth house divided opinion in Byron Bay on its construction in 2017.
The fortress-like property, located above Seven Mile Beach, has a gymnasium, pantry, fire pit, changing rooms, an outdoor play area for the three Hemsworth children and of dressing rooms.
Angry neighbors were quick to say that the building reminded them of a suburban mall, a renovated RSL club, or a regional airport terminal.
Others have compared it to a multi-story parking lot.
Some Australians have attacked the Hemsworths because of the actor’s previous comments about the development of a nearby eco-resort, which blocks access to the beach from his own property.
“Yeah, complaining about a nearby resort… your private jet’s green house… no,” one man from Sydney wrote.
Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth attend Sony Pictures’ “Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood” Premiere in Hollywood 2019
However, Hemsworth remains popular among most of his fellow Australians.
In June, he was recognized for his service to the arts and his commitment to charities in the list of Queen’s Birthday Honors.
The 37-year-old was named a Member of the Order of Australia after donating $ 1 million to the country’s appeal for bushfires in early 2020 – in addition to financial support continued groups leading the recovery of the country after the fires.
Hemsworth has worked with charities since 2009, when he became a patron of the Australian Childhood Foundation.
It also supports global charities Baby2Baby, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Hollywood Charity Horse Show, J / P Haitian Relief Organization, Oceana and the Robert F Kennedy Memorial.
“They donate millions to charity here. They certainly do a lot of good, ”wrote one Byron Bay resident in defense of the town’s best-known resident.
“Is there a little green devil sitting on all of your shoulders?” He did, you and I didn’t. Get off his business, ”another man wrote.