The commissioners declined consent to build an eight-storey hotel on an empty Tuwharetoa St site, following a hearing in December.

There were 72 public submissions on the hotel proposal, with 49 in opposition and 19 in support.

“We find that the building would be at odds with the established character of the Taupō Town Centre,” the commissioners said, jointly.

“This is as a result of its significant height relative to the permitted development height limit for the area”, the commissioners wrote.

“It would be so out of step with the existing and anticipated urban form in the centre, that it would have a detrimental impact upon people’s appreciation of the pleasantness and aesthetic coherence of the town centre.”

Source: Taupo Times

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