The Cessnock central business district will become home to 10 new shops and three extra office premises after the redevelopment of the former ambulance station was given the green light.
The development involves the demolition of part of the existing development, construction of two new single-storey buildings and the extension of the existing two-storey building.
It will also comprise the creation of an open courtyard in the centre of the complex with feature trees, seating and other landscaping.
As off street car parking cannot be accommodated on site, the developer will be required to provide section 94 contributions totalling $169,632 to cover 12
parking spaces ($151,488) and 504 square metres of floor space where parking is not provided ($18,144).