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Anthony Tosswill told the Otago Daily Times yesterday he was not prepared to discuss his hotel because of previous media coverage, which he claimed had turned the public against the project.
He would not comment when asked repeatedly to say whether he was pressing ahead or giving up.
Others contacted by the ODT also said they had not heard from Mr Tosswill since May, when he withdrew an Environment Court appeal against an earlier decision to decline consent for an earlier design.
Mr Tosswill said at the time he had "no choice" but to go back to the drawing board by developing a "whole new design".
He had planned to prepare a fresh application, possibly by way of a request for direct referral to the court.
Environment Court staff confirmed this week nothing had been received since then, and they had heard nothing from Mr Tosswill or his team.
Neither had Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull or Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan, they told the ODT.
Council resource consents manager Alan Worthington said a new application had not been received "and I am not aware of progress on lodging one".
Mr McGowan said Mr Tosswill had been talking "positively" earlier in the year, and "hopefully that’s still the case".
The city needed the development to cater for growing conference and events markets, he said.
"More development in the city is always good, and it’s about future-proofing the city as well.
"But the reality is we haven’t heard [from Mr Tosswill], which is never a good sign," he said.
Mr Tosswill, speaking in May, would not confirm his next steps or give a timeline, but said he was "going to give Dunedin one more chance".
His comments came after a panel of independent commissioners last year declined consent for an earlier hotel design, prompting Mr Tosswill’s appeal to the Environment Court. Mediation talks were adjourned earlier this year to allow a revised design to be tabled in an attempt to reach agreement. Mr Tosswill unveiled a revised design in May, but said even he was not happy with the "terrible" changes, which were panned by the public in an ODT online poll.