By James Atkinson

Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) has requested more time to amend a major hotel redevelopment proposal that includes a Dan Murphy's liquor store, after the pub group's initial plan (pictured) was pilloried by local residents.

ALH recently applied to Queensland's Sunshine Coast Council to extend by three months the decision-making period for its redevelopment of Coolum Beach Hotel.

The proposal would transform the pub into a mixed-use development including a new hotel and drive-through bottle shop, a Dan Murphy's outlet, speciality retail, and a 39-unit motel.

Residents variously objected to the architectural style and scale of the proposal, the "brutal and ugly" signage and the inclusion of a bulk liquor store.

"I believe Coolum deserves more than plonking this big boxy monolith in one of the few prime development sites left available in Coolum's retail hub," wrote one resident.

Another railed against the failure of the proposal to include an open-air entertainment beer garden.

"As an Australian, I most strongly object and am insulted by live music, entertainment or night club spaces penned inside enclosed, licensed premises," he said.

Redevelopment plans submitted to council

The Coolum Residents Association was also critical of the proposal, claiming that the the proposed size of the tavern (1,399 square metres) was 40 per cent greater than allowed under the development scheme for the area.

"The applicant is clearly aware of this and has shown arrogance in failing to provide any justification for this major increase," they said.

Another resident questioned ALH's argument that the development would compliment and enhance Coolum's "beachside" atmosphere.

"How does a large discount-style Dan Murphy's do that?" they asked.

Sunshine Coast Council confirmed ALH now has until 27 April to revisit the current development in light of the submissions.

"The applicant has been encouraged to come and discuss any changes with council officers prior to submitting any amendments," a spokeswoman said.

ALH spokespersons were unavailable.

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