Christchurch property developer Antony Gough has slammed the city's Urban Design Panel for criticising his multimillion-dollar Terrace development plans and favouring the "bland, creamy [and] homogenous".
The 17-strong panel of urban planners, designers and architects came under fire yesterday after its report suggested Gough's design for the former Oxford Tce Strip was flawed and lacked continuity.
However, a senior architect on the panel canned the colourfully attired developer's claims.
Panel member Jasper van der Lingen did not sit on the panel that discussed Gough's design but was still surprised by the criticism.
… Van der Lingen, director of Sheppard & Rout, said buildings that formed the pleasant street scenes of Paris, New York and London were not all "wow".
Christchurch should save the spectacular designs, [snip] for the major civic buildings.