Proposed hotel not linked to Dunedin
The denial of consent for a proposed 17-storey hotel in Dunedin has not been a roadblock to the development of a five-star luxury hotel in Tekapo, its developer says.
Businessman and developer Anthony Tosswill is at the centre of the two major hotel developments.
In September the consent application for the NZ Horizons Hospitality Group’s bid to build a 17-storey hotel in Dunedin was declined by the Dunedin City Council due to it being a ‘‘noncomplying activity’’.
The three city councilappointed commissioners said the proposed development had to be declined due to the ‘‘significant effects we have identified and the sensitivity of the surrounding environment’’.
In Tekapo, Tosswill was granted resource consent in August to build Lake Tekapo Resort Ltd’s 200-room, 5-star hotel and conference centre on Lakeside Dr.
The plan details include a chapel, an indoor swimming pool, a gym and health spa facilities.
The proposed hotel in Dunedin was ‘‘totally different’’ from the Tekapo project, Tosswill said.
‘‘It’s a different entity... the only common denominator is me... I’m the old man in the middle.’’
Tosswill confirmed he would be appealing the Dunedin City Council’s decision.
A building consent application was yet to be officially lodged with the Mackenzie District Council for the Tekapo development, as Tosswill was waiting for the council to review amendments made by a commissioner to the resource consent, regarding concerns relating to some aspects of the building’s design, including height and car parking issues.
He said once that was done ‘‘we will officially launch an application’’.
He was hopeful to have building consent granted in Tekapo by November, allowing work on the hotel to begin.
‘‘We are pushing to do that and working effectively for a better, improved plan.’’
The whole Tekapo Lakeside Drive Development was ‘‘fantastic’’ for the township, he said.
This included the building of a new YHA hostel, which was expected to commence construction early this month, and to be finished by October 2018, YHA chief executive Mark Wells confirmed in September.
The accommodation sites would join the likes of the new Four Square supermarket, which opened in June. The overall development will also include a commercial area, car parking, a playground and Earth and Sky’s new headquarters.
Craighead Diocesan School chairman of the board of proprietors Phillipa Guerin looks over the school’s new gymnasium complex.