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“I’m happy with this and I think this is a good design”: Mayor Hamling backs new Prince Street DA

May 4, 2023

By David Fitzsimons

Changes to plans for a multi-storey housing development on the former Orange Base Hospital site in the centre of town have won crucial support.

Orange City Council will send a “favourable” report to the Western Regional Planning Panel (WRPP), which will decide the fate of the multi-million development on Prince Street.

The developer has changed the plans following concerns by the council and the WRPP about the proposal.

The project now involves 16 townhouses fronting Dalton Street and 60 apartments (a mix of one, two and three bedrooms) fronting Prince Street.

Changes include creating a 10km/h speed limited access path for cars, bikes and pedestrians through the centre of the development which is next to the state government DPI building.

There will also be seven less three-bedroom properties on the site, with two more two-bedroom units.

Key trees previously threatened would be retained while the character and design of the buildings have been altered, including to reduce the prominence of balconies.

A public park will also be created on the site.

Councillor Tony Mileto said council should send a “favourable report” to the WRPP.

Mayor Jason Hamling backed his comments, saying the changes were acceptable.

“I think the applicant came to council with a first go, obviously it didn’t cut the mustard,” he said. “They’ve gone back and had another go and I’ve had a look at the design.

“I’m happy with this and I think this is a good design.”

The DA is likely to be considered by the WRPP later this month.

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