Under plans currently with the NSW Department of Planning, Pelican Beach Resort is to be demolished.
Under plans currently with the NSW Department of Planning, Pelican Beach Resort is to be demolished.

Resort to make way for luxury housing

By LEE McDOUGALL

ONE of Coffs Harbour's oldest resorts, Pelican Beach Resort, is to be demolished to make way for an upmarket, lifestyle 'resort', catering for a mix of both permanent residents and tourists.

Sapphire Beach Development, a property trust of several owners, bought the resort in April this year.

Bill Jenner is the director of Attentus Projects and Properties, the project managers for the owners of the site.

"It is a coastal development and we want to do it properly," Mr Jenner said.

"We have held one community consultation forum with immediate neighbours on August 16 and we intend on holding another forum for the greater community.

"It's a lovely piece of property but the existing resort is not making an adequate return for the owners. The owners looked at renovating the existing property but it just didn't work."

As a result, in May this year Attentus made a submission to the Department of Planning for a concept plan to be examined under the Part 3A legislation.

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At present, the Department is examining the environmental impact assessment report. Once accepted, the development concept will be put out for public exhibition and normal development application processes will begin.

Pelican Beach Resort was constructed in 1986 and, according to the preliminary assessment concept plan, is in need of upgrading and refurbishment.

Approximately half of the site area is currently vacant and is grassed and maintained by the resort. The former Seafood Mamas Restaurant is part of the site.

There are currently 47 full-time jobs available at the resort. The existing resort is running at a 60 per cent occupancy rate and as a result is not making a profit.

The existing management agreement for the resort expires in 2007 and the current operator has indicated that the accommodation provided is no longer what the market is seeking and a major refurbishment or redevelopment is necessary into apartment style accommodation.

Mr Jenner said the owners planned on completing the proposed development in four stages, over four years.

A maximum of 200 residential units is possible on the site, with the owners proposing 20 to 25 housing lots on the lower portion of the site, 60 to 120 apartments working up the hill and on the upper flat part of the site adjacent to the Pacific Highway.



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