Iconic pub to get face lift

YAMBA’S Pacific Hotel appears to be in for a major face-lift.

Owners of the landmark pub submitted a development application (DA) to Clarence Valley Council in April.

However, council decided the redevelopment plans were a “major development” and referred the DA to the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

The hotel wants to retain the southern portion of the hotel, but demolish the northern section and replace it with a new building.

It also wants to construct eight new residential units and construct or refurbish 36 hotel accommodation units.

According to council’s business papers, the Pacific Hotel redevelopment includes construction of four new tiered levels of units of the eastern side (sea side) of the hotel.

That would involve constructing eight new residential units on levels one and two, and 16 new hotel rooms on levels three and four.

It also involves refurbishing the existing lower level of the south portion of the hotel to provide a pool, spa, gym, video-games area, bar and lounge, outdoor seating and toilets.

As well, the plans include demolishing the two-storey northern side of the hotel, including nine existing hotel rooms, and replacing them with a four-level structure.

This would include carparking for vehicles on levels six and seven, and eight new accommodation units on level eight.

Furthermore, two existing hotel rooms on level seven would be demolished to make way for the construction of stairs and a ramp between levels seven and eight.

In essence, with the demolition of 11 of the existing 23 accommodation units on the northern section, and the construction of 24 new rooms, there would be a net increase of 13 accommodation units.

In addition, the proposal to build eight residential units on the eastern side of the hotel would add another six two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units.

Eight submissions were received during the submission process – five against the proposal and three in support.

The Joint Regional Planning Panel will meet in Maclean on Wednesday to consider the proposal.

Panel members are appointed by the State Government and local councils.

The panels were established to provide independent advice to the minister on regionally significant development proposals.



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