Coun­cil no to Fra­grance

Al­der­man says Collins St ho­tel plan is ‘out of scale’

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FRA­GRANCE Group’s sec­ond at­tempt to build a large-scale high-rise ho­tel in Ho­bart may be on the brink of fail­ure.

Just a month after the Ho­bart City Coun­cil knocked back the Sin­ga­pore-based firm’s con­tro­ver­sial twin tow­ers pro­ject in North Ho­bart, it now faces an up­hill bat­tle to have al­der­men over­turn the plan­ning com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to refuse its Collins St ho­tel pro­posal.

At a meet­ing last night, the com­mit­tee voted 3-2 to re­ject the ap­pli­ca­tion on a num­ber of grounds re­lat­ing to its 55m height and that it did not fit the char­ac­ter of Sul­li­vans Cove.

FRA­GRANCE Group’s sec­ond at­tempt to build a largescale high-rise ho­tel in Ho­bart’s CBD may be on the brink of fail­ure.

Just a month after the Ho­bart City Coun­cil knocked back the Sin­ga­pore-based firm’s con­tro­ver­sial twin tow­ers pro­ject in North Ho­bart, it now faces an up­hill bat­tle to have al­der­men over­turn the plan­ning com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to refuse its Collins St ho­tel pro­posal.

At a meet­ing last night, the com­mit­tee voted 3-2 to re­ject the ap­pli­ca­tion on a num­ber of grounds re­lat­ing to its 55m height, the ho­tel’s dom­i­na­tion of other build­ings in the area and a fail­ure to com­ple­ment the char­ac­ter of Sul­li­vans Cove.

The ho­tel, at 2-6 Collins St, is pro­posed to fea­ture 256 rooms, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a 1000-seat con­fer­ence hall, meet­ing spa­ces, two restau­rants, a re­tail space, a pool and well­ness cen­tre, and three lev­els of above-ground carpark­ing to­talling 167 spa­ces.

Al­der­man Jeff Briscoe en­gaged in a back-and-forth dis- cus­sion with ar­chi­tects Sam Haberle and Jits Sheng Gan rep­re­sent­ing Fra­grance Group.

“I just re­mind you the ob­jec­tives of the ac­tiv­ity area is to pro­vide for the de­vel­op­ment of an in­ner-city res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood pro­vid­ing qual­ity ur­ban hous­ing for a range of house­hold types and in­come groups, and to en­sure that res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment is the pri­mary fo­cus,” Ald Briscoe said.

“I will put it to you that your de­vel­op­ment — the size and bulk — will dom­i­nate and turn a res­i­den­tial area into a ho­tel area. Have you got a re­sponse to that?

Mr Haberle replied: “So his- tor­i­cally when that was master planned as a res­i­den­tial area, talk­ing to ur­ban plan­ners within Ho­bart, they do be­lieve that hasn’t worked as a precinct or a master plan.”

Mr Haberle was in­ter­rupted by loud out­bursts from the rea­son­ably packed and an­ti­high-rise pub­lic gallery. “Rub­bish,” yelled a woman. “I’m only re­peat­ing what I’ve heard,” Mr Haberle replied.

Act­ing chair­man of the com­mit­tee Al­der­man Si­mon Behrakis urged the pub­lic to be quiet.

Mr Haberle ar­gued that the ho­tel pro­posal was not dis­sim­i­lar to other build­ing heights in the CBD, in­clud­ing the 69mtall Royal Ho­bart Hos­pi­tal.

Ald Briscoe said in his view the ho­tel was “to­tally out of scale”.

“I be­lieve this area should re­main res­i­den­tial and not be dom­i­nated by ho­tels,” he said.

“The idea of the hos­pi­tal is a fur­phy and not even in the same plan­ning scheme.”

Al­der­men Jeff Briscoe, Bill Har­vey and He­len Bur­net voted against the ho­tel pro­posal.

Al­der­man Tanya Deni­son joined Ald Behrakis in sup­port­ing the pro­posal.

The mat­ter will be de­cided at the next coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day.

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