Several raised wooden houses, which are reminiscent of the 6,000-year-old pile dwellings in front of the rose island and are supposed to cover the hotel complex behind: The new design for the hotel “Forsthaus am See” in Possenhofen impressed the Pöcking local council on Thursday. The committee approved the plans with 15 to four votes. The procedure for a project-related development and development plan is initiated. The Greens, however, fear that the traffic chaos will increase with the hotel expansion. They all voted against it.
The hotel was built in the 1970s and enjoyed a good reputation with guests. However, since the renovation of the only 22 rooms was unprofitable, it was closed in 2016. The restaurant, in which many celebrities celebrated with landlord Otto Robl in the 1980s and 1990s, is still temporarily leased until the stock is torn down. His daughter Eva Robl had already tried to expand in 2013. According to a feasibility study commissioned by her, a four-star hotel can only be operated economically with 120 rooms or more. 90 to 100 rooms are planned. In 2018, the design by an architectural office in Bolzano was approved. Then there was a change of architect and the Pöckinger WSM team around Florian Wiesler had the idea of arranging the hotel as a “hut village”. The wooden houses with the restaurants and beer garden are located in the shore zone. The three to four-story saddle roof buildings for the hotel operation with wellness area are planned in the forest on the slope. The removal from the nature reserve of 8,000 square meters had already been advocated in the earlier draft. According to Wiesler, an additional 2,000 square meters are now required. As Schnitzler emphasized, however, appropriate forest compensation areas must be made available elsewhere. The rest of the compensation area will be created with the renaturation of the stream at the property boundary. Since Feldafing is the owner of this brook, the consent of the neighboring community is required.
In the opinion of Mayor Rainer Schnitzler, the design tells a story with its orientation towards the pile dwellings. It is “a special hotel for a special place”. His Vice Albert Luppart (PWG) was also full of praise. Such a hotel complex in this exposed location is “Champions League” and “a win for Lake Starnberg,” he said. The use of natural materials and the sustainable energy concept were recognized in unison. Despite the intervention in the landscape protection area, the design was also approved by the Greens. However, they criticized the additional traffic load caused by the hotel expansion. “Is a conference hotel still up to date in times of Corona?” Asked Sabine Stolicka (Greens).
According to the architect Florian Wiesler, conferences only make up a small part of the concept. A hotel in this location is especially booked for weddings, he said. He also did not share Simone Greve (Greve’s) concerns that too little parking space was available. 135 parking spaces are planned, although according to Wiesler only 97 are required. Schnitzler pointed to the traffic census from 2019, according to which the chaos is limited to just a few summer days per year. According to the report, the hotel traffic increases by around 20 vehicles per hour. It is manageable, the paper says. The Koeniginstrasse is a dead end and has no turning point. According to the traffic expert’s proposal, the problem of traffic searching for a parking space could be defused via electronic display boards. Drivers could be informed on the state road when all parking spaces are occupied.