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A planning report is recommending consent for Dunedin's latest five-star hotel be declined.
The report, made public late this afternoon, has cited the hotel's height, visual dominance of surrounding heritage buildings and shading impact as key reasons to decline consent.
The recommendation to the panel of independent commissioners came in a report by independent consultant Nigel Bryce, ahead of the public hearing beginning on July 31.
It would only be acceptable if the building was reduced by four storeys, lowering its overall height from 60m to 45.6m, still well above the existing 11m height limit for the site, the report said.
The man behind the project, Tekapo businessman Anthony Tosswill, of NZ Horizon Hospitality Group Proprietary Ltd, has been approached for comment.