A seven-storey hotel has been proposed for the rear of the Aussie Arms.
The owners recently lodged a $23.5 million Development Application (DA) seeking approval to construct the tower.
The DA also seeks permission to demolish the car park, substation, beer garden and playground to the rear of the building to make way for the hotel.
Featuring 115 rooms over six levels, the new hotel will boast conference facilities, a bar/restaurant, 64 basement car spaces and a pop-up cafe.
The heritage-listed pub, which sits on the corner of High and Lawson streets, Penrith will be retained, with the new hotel “marrying the old and the new”.
A planning proposal increasing the previous 12-metre height control and floor space ratio restrictions was gazetted in November 2019.
Alena Higgins is the Weekender’s Senior News Reporter, primarily covering courts and Council issues.