For more than half a century, NBN television has beamed its programs to thousands of television screens from its headquarters in The Hill.
But the broadcaster is keen to embark on a new era, with plans to relocate its studios to a “purpose built” facility in the Newcastle CBD and transform the current site into medium-density housing.
The proposed rezoning of the land – bounded by Mosbri Crescent and Kitchener Parade – went before Newcastle council on Tuesday, but Labor and the Greens voted to defer a decision until a councillor workshop.
Greens councillor Michael Osborne said he was concerned about the density of the proposed development, which would see up to 190 dwellings in buildings up to seven storeys high.
However because of the sloping, ‘bowl like’ shape of the site, they would only stand four storeys above street level.
In a report to councillors, staff also argued it was “logical” to expand the rezoning to include an additional eight parcels of land west of the existing studios, which are privately owned.