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Orange pub seeks approval for new cafe and outdoor deck

May 28, 2023

The Metropolitan Hotel. Facebook.

The new proposed layout, with the cafe bottom right and deck top middle. Orange City Council.

By Peter Holmes

A cafe and outdoor decking are part of a development application submitted by a pub to Orange City Council.

The Metropolitan Hotel on the corner of Byng and Anson streets in Orange is seeking permission for internal alterations to the bistro, poker machine, kitchen and storage areas and a new rear deck.

The DA stated: “Proposed work is essentially related to rationalisation of the bistro area and poker machine area for updated hospitality opportunities.”

The current layout. Orange City Council.

Works include internal wall removal, changing the bistro to a “cafe space”, relocation of the gambling machine areas and “redesign of male amenities/toilets”.

“The development overall will provide a good standard of hospitality areas, accommodation and amenity, providing suitable accommodation and functionality in a central commercial area,” the DA said.

A photo from around 1930, according to Orange City Council papers.

A photo from around 1960, according to Orange City Council papers.

The Metropolitan Hotel. Google Street View.

Regarding environmental issues, the application noted that the property had been used for “hotel activity for over 70 years with no history of fuel storage or similar activity. The development of the motel component approx. 20 years ago did not expose any adverse contamination issues”.

[According to Orange City Council’s Heritage Trail the Metropolitan Hotel was built in 1864 as John Woodward’s Store, the second brick shop in Orange, and has been a hotel for 137 years, since a licence was granted to William West.]

The raised deck at the rear would require “minor pier hole excavation only of less than 400mm depth”.

The DA said that the land was not an archaeological site, nor had it been identified as being an Aboriginal place of heritage significance. It said it is “not a State Heritage Item”.

An aerial view of the site, including motel units. Orange City Council.
The ground floor would expand from 456 square metres to 479 square metres, and the first floor accommodation would remain the same at 356 square metres.

The development application is on exhibition and submissions must be received by 5pm on Thursday (June 1, 2023).

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