A DA has been lodged for redevelopment of the Marina Resort on Magnus St in Nelson Bay. The proposal is for an apartment hotel of 80 units in two blocks – one of 6 storeys, the other of 7, both above a ‘podium’ level with reception, restaurant and conference facilities.
The resort already has approval for more than 80 rooms in a single long five storey block, although only a first stage was completed – the existing building. A DA in 2010 proposed three tower blocks of 8 and 9 storeys above a 2 level podium but was withdrawn after significant community opposition – including from TRRA – mainly to the proposed heights on such a prominent ridgetop site.
TRRA is still assessing the new DA, which is on exhibition at Tomaree Library – only two weeks were announced but Council has agreed to accept submissions at least until the end of November. We encourage people to view the plans and let us know what they think. Although lower than the 2010 proposals, the proposed buildings would still significantly exceed the current height limits that apply to the site (by up to 10 metres or 25%), although Council can allow exceptions. The visual impact will almost certainly be the main matter of concern for the wider community, although neighbouring residents have understandable concerns about loss of views and overshadowing. On the positive side, an additional major conference facility (now proposed to accommodate up to 400 delegates) would be a welcome asset for the peninsula.
John James, Nigel Waters, TRRA Inc. Planning Committee
Newcastle Herald 24 June 2014: $20m Nelson Bay Marina Resort approved