Nine storey plans opposed

SUPPORT: MP Tim Crakanthorp at the protest opposing the current plans for the redevlopment of the former NBN studios site. Picture: Supplied
SUPPORT: MP Tim Crakanthorp at the protest opposing the current plans for the redevlopment of the former NBN studios site. Picture: Supplied

Black helium balloons were raised on The Hill on Saturday as part of a rally against the proposal to build a 172-dwelling residential complex on the former site of NBN studios.

Community group Open Newcastle oppose what they see as over-development of the Mosbri Crescent landholding, which backs onto Arcadia Park.

The group's spokesperson Louisa Connors said 100 people attended the protest held opposite the studios on Saturday, including Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp.

Protesters raised three balloons to represent the heights of the tallest buildings in the design, which is nine storeys.They are concerned approval bodies would make "concessions" that allow the project to proceed as planned.