NEWCASTLE Airport could get a new neighbour under recent plans for a $12million hotel.
GWH Group has applied to build a hotel, including a bar, restaurant and conference centre, in the shadow of the airport, providing an immediate rest-stop for weary Hunter arrivals.
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Documents lodged with Port Stephens Council show the major hotel development could include up to 158 rooms, a bar, restaurant and function rooms.
The major development is earmarked for a site adjacent to the existing Newcastle Airport long-term car park, but a subdivision approval is required before the hotel can proceed.
The entrance to the site will be from Creswell Way, a road that will be created if the subdivision gains approval.
The subdivision is currently before planners.
GWH Group director Jonathan Craig said the company’s plans were aimed at meeting a shortfall in accommodation near one of the gateways to the Hunter.
‘‘It will basically be walking distance from the airport,’’ Mr Craig said.
‘‘It’s an obvious choice for location with the huge growth of the airport itself.’’
Documents showed that more than 30 jobs would be created by the completed project including 10 restaurant and bar staff, 16 reception and office workers and seven cleaners.
Mr Craig said the development, which is expected to have its branding determined in the coming weeks, was expected to be the start of a burgeoning airport precinct.
‘‘It’s good to be in first but I’m sure with the airport going as well as it is there will be other things happening out there,’’ Mr Craig said.
Mr Craig said GWH Group was hopeful their subdivision would secure approval by September, with the hotel approval to follow shortly after.
A Port Stephens council spokeswoman said aircraft noise would be taken into consideration in assessing the project.