Doltone House operators get greenlight to open new function centre in Pyrmont

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The operators of Doltone House have won a planning battle to open its third function centre at the historic Arrow Marine Building in Pyrmont following a stoush with residents and The City of Sydney.

The City of Sydney initially rejected the plans to convert the heritage listed building into a function centre and restaurant over noise and crowd issues. A petition against the proposal was also signed by 396 residents.

Doltone House Group’s Paul Signorelli and Anna Cesarano then took the matter to the Land and Environment Court, which has granted conditional approval under a one year trial that will see closing times of 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10.30pm on other days.

There must also be plans in place to ensure patrons leaving will respect “the nature of the surrounding locality”.

Pyrmont community action group spokesperson Elizabeth Elenius said she was disappointed in the decision.

“We already have multiple function centres and it’s just hell for the residents particularly over the December holiday period and schoolies,” she told The Daily Telegraph.

“Chaos erupts, everyone yells, young people in particular scream and carry on, and stretch limos take up masses of room in places they shouldn’t. We never opposed a restaurant, but we don’t want the function centre.”