Pro­posed ho­tel not linked to Dunedin

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

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.

PHOTO: MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/STUFF

Craig­head Dioce­san School chair­man of the board of pro­pri­etors Phillipa Guerin looks over the school’s new gym­na­sium com­plex.

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