New $94 million courthouse approved

THE $94 million Newcastle courthouse has been approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

The court complex, to be built facing Hunter Street in the Civic precinct, had been slated for refusal by an independent planning report because of a lack of parking.

Members of the planning panel said they had balanced the parking shortfall with the public benefit of the proposal and approved the development.

Several residents and members of community groups spoke in opposition to the courthouse.

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