Two more oppose apartments

Tudor House in Filleul St would be demolished if the plan is approved. Photo: Christine O'Connor
Tudor House in Filleul St would be demolished if the plan is approved. Photo: Christine O'Connor

A four-storey 25-room apartment block planned for Dunedin has struck more opposition after developers were forced to resubmit their plans.

A hearing to determine whether consent will be granted for the four-storey building is to be held this week after the last one was adjourned because the height of the proposed Filleul St building had changed without affected parties being notified.

Since the plans were resubmitted, another two submitters had come forward to oppose the development, bringing the total number to five.

No-one submitted in favour of the proposal.

A hearing for the proposal is being held in part because the proposed building's height is greater than the 11m permitted in the district plan.

In the original proposal, the apartment block was going to be 14.6m at the southeast corner.

The amendment to the application, which other building owners were initially not made aware of, took the corner from 14.6m to 14.969m.

Among the concerns of those opposed to the proposal were that its height would block sun to nearby buildings.

Other concerns from submitters included that 10 car parks would be insufficient for 25 units, there might be increased noise from traffic to and from the site and there could be issues of land stability due to the size of the structure.

Dunedin City Council planner Darryl Sycamore recommended the council grant consent for the apartments, saying the effects on the environment would be "no more than minor''.

He cited reasons including that there were other buildings above 11m in the surrounding area and the development would be on a site that now featured a "tired-looking'' commercial building.

"The development will positively contribute to the overall amenity of Filleul St and the wider central business district,'' Mr Sycamore said.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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