Plans for the inner-west Normanby Hotel to build a 15-storey tower next to its heritage-listed pub have been knocked back by the Brisbane City Council.
The building, which would have contained 14 units, a hotel, short-term accommodation, a nightclub and a shop, was planned to be built on the Normanby Hotel’s car park.
But those plans came undone on Tuesday morning, when the council’s city planning committee rejected the application.
The council’s city planning chairman, Julian Simmonds, said the application was refused due to the tower’s height and size in an area “characterised by heritage buildings and tin and timber homes”.
“The Normanby Hotel has been a local landmark since 1890 and is listed both on council and state government heritage registers,” he said.
“Council believes a maximum of four storeys is appropriate for this site as indicated in City Plan, not 15 storeys as is proposed.
“Despite this, the applicant has refused to reduce the height of the hotel tower, so it was more in keeping with surrounding buildings.
“Council also had concerns about the building design, which encompasses the entire site and would dominate the streetscape, as well as the traffic impacts to Kelvin Grove Road.”
Comment has been sought from the Normanby Hotel.
Local councillor Peter Matic (LNP, Paddington) said more than 100 submissions were made against the development.
“Residents have been extremely concerned about what the developers want to build, a 15-storey block, across the street from one- and two-storey businesses and homes,” he said.
“It would also dominate the skyline and be completely out of character with nearby red-brick heritage buildings, century-old terrace houses and Queenslander homes.
“The refusal of this hotel is an enormous win for the community and people power.”
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