No go: Commissioners have refused consent for this proposed Fernhill hotel


Independent commissioners have refused resource consent for a controversial $100 million hotel in Fernhill.

Coherent Hotel Ltd applied last December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel on a 10,400sqm site in Queenstown’s Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel, which it also owns.

Its consent application was considered by independent commissioners at a three-day hearing in June.

In their decision, released on Tuesday, commissioners Jan Caunter, Lee Beattie and Calum
MacLeod said the proposal’s scale would cause ‘‘adverse, if not significant adverse effects’’ on neighbouring properties and the wider area, especially on residents’ enjoyment of the views from their properties.

Overall, they wrote, it was ‘‘out of character for its context and represents an overdevelopment of the site’’.

It also didn’t comply with either the operative or proposed district plans.

The decision is not a surprising one; City Hall’s planning report on the application recommended it be turned down, and, of 50 submitters on the proposal, all but one objected.

Their concerns included the complex’s size and height, effects on outlook and views, shading, the negative impact on the largely residential neighbourhood, and precedent.