PLANNING Minister Peter Gutwein has revealed in Parliament his personal distaste for high-rise developments in the state.
Singaporean company Fragrance Group this year announced plans for 179-metre high hotel in Davey Street and a 84-metre hotel in Collins Street, both in Hobart.
The company also has future plans for a 25-storey hotel development in Launceston at the corner of Tamar and William streets, near City Park.
It is expected to measure 70 metres in height – even though the Launceston planning scheme has a 14.5-metre height restriction in the CBD.
Fragrance Group bought the Clarion Hotel site last November for $7.2 million but committed to a two-year lease on the land before it progressed with a redevelopment.
Bass Greens MHA Andrea Dawkins said the new statewide planning scheme had weakened provisions to allow inappropriate developments to occur in Hobart and Launceston.
But Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the decision on whether the development would progress was ultimately left with the city council.
“It will be up to the community of Launceston to determine the right height for their city,” he said.
“I have to say I do not like tall buildings and I have made that perfectly clear ... but it is not for me to call them in.”
He said he had not yet met with Fragrance Group representatives about their plans for Launceston.
City of Launceston acting-general manager Michael Tidey said the council had approved $418 million worth of developments over the past three years.
"We're aware of many different proposals for Launceston, some of which are advanced, and others which are only just on the drawing board,” he said.
“Understandably, however, we're not in a position to outline those discussions publicly when often proposals may be in the preliminary stages and subject to commercial in confidence constraints."