Stafford Tavern Lodges Major Redevelopment Plans

Stafford Tavern, located on Webster and Billabong Roads, is gearing up for a major redevelopment that will include a new gaming lounge and modern upgrades to elevate its status as a four-star motel. 

Sun Tavern Pty Ltd lodged DA A006052304 in July 2022, outlining plans for a massive makeover that will take place in two stages. The plans include the demolition of the current outdoor dining spot and garden area to create a new outdoor space and the gaming lounge with a bar. 

The current gaming lounge will be transformed into function rooms, albeit temporarily until the second stage of construction.

The owners of Stafford want a stylish facade and a bigger landscaped outdoor courtyard for the hotel guests. The old playground for the children will be near the courtyard so parents can conveniently watch over their kids. 

Stafford Tavern
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During the pre-lodgement meetings with Council, Sun Tavern Pty Ltd enumerated the expected works that will take place at the Stafford Tavern:

Stage 1:

  • The building is developed to increase operational flexibility on existing services, while making way for future ‘new’ amenity.
  • New gaming and gaming lounge area (including amenities) are developed on the Webster Road flank of the building.
  • Ex-gaming area is converted into a temporary function space.
  • Portions of the East side carpark are redeveloped for increased parking numbers.
  • The North-side flank of the site is converted into landscaped/covered external breakout
  • area for Hotel patrons.
  • Scale of works is commensurate with the scale of the existing building Architecture to emphasise greater relationship of inside/outside participation in
  • landscape environment
Stafford Tavern
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Stage 2:

  • The Stage 1 ex-gaming space (converted to function) is demolished to create a new motel Lobby
  • Three levels of accommodation of ‘4-star’ quality is developed over and along the south side of the tavern building complex, including the provision of increased car parking provision, porte-cochere for the motel and a slip lane to maintain bottle shop drive-thru.
  • Development is maintained within existing property boundaries and with no proposed alteration to site ingress or egress.
  • The scale of the accommodation building is no greater than 15 meters height above the natural ground line.
  • Orientation of long axis of the accommodation building in the north/south to minimise heat load on the building.
Stafford Tavern
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The hotel plans include adding 43 rooms across three levels, which will be built in the southern side of the property. Stafford Tavern will also have a rooftop space with a bar lounge, a terrace, and an indoor meeting room. 

DA A006052304 is on public notification until the 7th of December 2022.