Morpeth café approved with ‘acceptable’ parking deficiency
Maitland City Council has approved plans for a redevelopment of Morpeth’s Bronte Guest House, despite being 13 car spaces short of planning requirements.
The approval paves the way for the establishment of a new café, the demolition of an existing double garage and the construction of a two storey building which would contain two guest suites and garaging for five vehicles.
Based on requirements in Council’s Development Control Plan 18 car parks are necessary for the site however only five will be provided.
In a report to councillors the car parking deficiency was deemed to be acceptable due the availability of on-street parking when guests usually arrive at hotel and the nature of tourist movements and parking through Morpeth.
“The tourist nature of the village results in the need for visitors to park some distance away from the core business area of Swan Street,” the Statement of Environmental Effects report said.
“In itself, this should not be considered to be a bad outcome as it encourages visitors to explore the heritage streetscape beyond the commercial area.”
Councillor Mitchell Griffin disagreed.
“Seeing something where there is meant to be 18 parks and only five proposed, I can’t see how Morpeth can continue to have that many cars in it,” he said.
Cr Robert Aitchison said that Cr Griffin had made an important point, but believed there were ways to mitigate the issue.
“I understand we have increased our rangers and I think that could go some of the way of ensuring that people aren’t parking illegally and making it fair for everyone to get into the community.”
Crs Griffin, Sally Halliday and Mike Yarrington voted against the proposal. Crs Nicole Penfold and Philip Penfold were absent.