Subject to conditions, the Hunter Central Coast Regional Planning Panel has approved MidCoast Council's development application for a centralised administration office at the former Masters site.
At a hearing at council's Taree chambers on Monday, February 24, planning panel chair Alison Mccabe said the application would be approved under the condition a shuttle service would be used to transport residents from the Taree CBD to the site on ordinary meeting days.
A proposed cafe at the premises would also be restricted to 60 seats and 7am to 7pm opening hours.
Once the decision was announced, Ms Mccabe acknowledged the decision would be met by disappointment from some members of the community.
Several residents spoke at the hearing against the application. Council representatives were also given an opportunity to speak about planning reports and issues raised by the community.
Further details on the decision and comments from 'No MidCoast Council move to Masters' spokesperson Katrina Pearson will follow in the coming days.