Proposed Taupo hotel declined

Architect's impression of the declined Taupo hotel.

The resource consent commissioners have declined a proposed eight-storey hotel in downtown Taupo.

Of the 72 submissions received, 19 were in support of the proposal, four were neutral, and 49 were in opposition.

The key reasons for the negative submissions included the height of the building, being out of character and in contrast with the look and feel for the town centre, it will visually detract from the natural qualities of the existing environment.

“We find that the proposed building is contrary to the objectives and policies in the District Plan in relation to its proposed height and scale,” said the commissioner panel decision statement.

Across its eight storeys, the hotel planned to hold 70-units, with ground-level retail, three levels of basement parking, and a roof-top restaurant. The commissioners decided the building’s height would breach neighbour’s privacy, and block views of important Taupo sites.

“(We) conclude that the development of the eight-storey hotel building would undoubtedly reduce the future privacy and outlook of the adjoining site were they to be developed to the three-storey height allowable as a permitted activity.”