A proposed development of seven two-bedroom single-storey units for retirees next to a backpackers in Judea has been met with a wave of opposition by neighbours.

BGT Developments has applied to Tauranga City Council for a resource consent to build seven independent units and subdivide around the development to create eight freehold titles at 39 Bell St.

The site includes the Bell Lodge Motel and Backpacker accommodation and an existing residential dwelling and a 72m-long right of way.

But neighbours are fighting the proposed subdivision, with 15 out of the 16 submissions presented at a council hearing this week opposing