• The developer behind a $40 million hotel proposal has claimed the project is stalled because council rules are not flexible enough to accommodate the multi storey building.

On Tuesday the New Plymouth businessman Philip Brown said the development of his 140-room hotel, that would be at least 30 metres in height, was dependent on amendments to New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) district plan.

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Philip Brown says his plans for a $40m hotel in New Plymouth are stalled because of restrictive planning rules.