Large turnout expected for hotel hearing

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Last updated 10:26 28/11/2012

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Almost 400 people could potentially turn up wanting to speak at Dunedin's 27-storey hotel hearings next week.

Dunedin City Council governance support officer Lynne Robins said that of 507 submissions to the proposal, 135 were down to speak.

However, another 222 submitters had not declared whether they wanted to speak to their submissions or not, Ms Robins said.

''They may turn up,  they may not,'' she said.

Council consents manager Alan Worthington said the hearings had been set down for seven days, starting with four days from Monday, December 3 and another three from December 17.

Commissioner John Lumsden would lead the hearings panel, with members Crs Colin Weatherall, Andrew Noone, and Kate Wilson.

A Dunedin City Council report released last week recommended consent for the hotel not be granted.

Its author, planner Lianne Darby, said the proposed hotel would be too tall, too inaccessible, not in keeping with its industrial surroundings, and would probably have a negative visual and environmental impact.

The report said any actual or potential adverse effects on the environment from the hotel would be more than minor.

Submitters against the project disliked the height of the building - which if constructed would be the highest in Dunedin by some margin. They also said it was in the wrong place, not in sympathy with its surroundings, and the design did not reflect Dunedin's heritage character.

Supporters felt the development would benefit Dunedin's tourism industry and economy, and its position would help revive a neglected part of the city.

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