The heritage-listed Normanby Hotel has been saved from unsuitable redevelopment, after a Court appeal against a Brisbane City Council decision to reject 15-storey tower proposed for the site.
The Normanby Hotel at Red Hill is one of Brisbane’s oldest hotels and recently underwent a major renovation to restore it to its original condition in the early 2000s.
Paddington Ward Councillor Peter Matic said he was relieved the site had been saved after more than three years of fighting to save the 129-year-old pub from being impacted by inappropriate development.
“Council rejected the developer’s proposal for a 15-storey tower next to the Normanby Hotel in 2016 and while the developer has a right to appeal our decision in the Planning and Environment Court, I am relieved this matter has finally been withdrawn,” Cr Matic said.
“I stand by Council’s original decision to reject the proposal as the proposed tower would have been completely out of character with neighbouring red-brick character building and Queenslander homes.
“This also reflects the community sentiment towards saving our heritage landmarks and suburbs from unsympathetic or inappropriate development.
“The proposed density of the development could have generated noise concerns for neighbouring properties and have seriously increased traffic around the ‘five-ways’ intersection as well as impacting on nearby streets and intersection.
“I know this has been a stressful time for many residents as the Court proceedings have played out, and I am glad we finally have some closure.
‘We are focused on building the infrastructure our city needs while protecting the look and feel of our suburbs and the withdrawal of this appeal is a huge win for the community.
“Red Hill is unique suburb full of character, with the Normanby Hotel a much-loved landmark for local residents and visitors to the areas.
“The new lessee of this hotel has just revived the space, giving it a great facelift to ensure it remains a favourite local spot for residents now and into the future.”