A PLANNING permit has been issued for the Hopetoun Hotel, according to the City of Greater Bendigo.
The historic pub has sat idle for four years and has been owned by the Lazy Moe’s hotel chain since early 2012.
Council staff confirmed a planning permit was issued for the two-storey venue earlier this month, but did not provide details.
Lazy Moe’s marketing communications manager Grazia Guida said she did not want to comment on the development on Thursday.
But she told the Bendigo Advertiser in January the distinctive blue exterior of the building would not be changed in the redevelopment.
“It’s just fitting out the restaurant... the facade is staying the same, but we’re fitting it out to be a Lazy Moe’s,” she said.
“We don’t want it to change much because the Hopetoun Hotel’s a bit iconic in Bendigo.”
Plans with the City of Greater Bendigo had included four one-bedroom apartments, internal and external renovations and a plan to waive parking requirements.
The company had to submit amended plans to meet heritage requirements.
The business, which has six restaurants in Victoria, had planned to open in Bendigo in January but the development has had several delays.
The Hopetoun interior is largely empty and the venue was recently targeted by vandals who smashed a window.