City of Perth planners have rejected a proposed luxury hotel at Elizabeth Quay, deeming its 11 storeys excessively tall and bulky.
They recommended the council's planning committee, which meets tonight, rejects the application for the 4/5-star hotel on the eastern side of Barrack Square because of its size and scale.
They said it would adversely affect adjoining properties, the boardwalk and general area.
But the State Government's Elizabeth Quay design guidelines allow a maximum 20 storeys west of Barrack Square and 30 storeys around the project's inlet.
The planners said guidelines for immediately east and south of Barrack Square were for small-scale developments complementary to existing buildings.
They said the hotel's height would diminish the Bell Tower's prominence.
Future Perth chairman and urban planner Sean Morrison said an 11-storey hotel was needed in a city desperate for hotel rooms and where a major development next door was for 30-plus storeys.
"Perth needs developments like this and the City of Perth and State should be doing everything they can to make them welcome," Mr Morrison said.
Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods said planners needed to work with developers to ensure the best outcomes for the city.
"The key numbers have to stack up and if building heights are slashed dramatically, the development may not be viable," he said.
The application by Old Perth Port Pty Ltd is the third hotel plan proposed for the site.
The council previously approved an 86 room, 21m-high hotel.
The latest proposal features 230 rooms, four restaurants, two bars and would be 45.6m high.
The council will vote this month on a recommendation to go to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, which has planning authority over the site.The MRA will then make a recommendation to the Environment Minister for a final decision.
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