New plans submitted for Callington Hotel

Developer Stephen Marks has filed revised plans for the pub's long-awaited refurbishment with the Mount Barker council.

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The long-stalled refurbishment of the Callington Hotel has reached a milestone.

A revised plan has been submitted to the Mount Barker council, five years after work on the building first began.

The council gave retrospective consent for the original works – which had included removal of many of the heritage-listed pub’s interior walls, without approval – in 2017.

At that time, heritage architect Douglas Alexander told the council that while it was regrettable that the building’s “internal fabric” had been lost, the changes would ensure it was suited to modern trading.

The updated application includes a few minor changes from the original plan, including a reduction in the number of pokies to be installed, the relocation of a pizza oven and various alterations in the materials to be used.

It also makes clear that the hotel’s owner, Stephen Marks, will bank on the town’s population increasing, from around 1000 at present to three times that number by 2040.

An updated floor plan for the refurbished Callington Hotel, with Montefiore Street at the bottom. Image: Studio Nine Architects/Mount Barker District Council.

If approved, the new plans will hopefully resolve a stand-off between the council and Mr Marks, who was reportedly issued with a stop-work order in May for having gone beyond the previously approved plans.

The public will once again have an opportunity to comment on the latest proposal before it is discussed at a future council assessment panel meeting.

The Callington Hotel was originally built between 1848 and 1850, less than 20 years after the first British settlers colonised South Australia.


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