A hotel project in Discovery Bay may resume if a developer's proposal to allow taxis and coaches to stop there is approved. But Hong Kong Resort, developer for both Discovery Bay and the hotel, is likely to face objections from residents - especially those who have lived in the area for years because it is clean and quiet. Hong Kong Resort is a subsidiary of parent company HKR International. The Transport Department said it received the proposal two weeks ago. A spokeswoman said it would consider residents' opinions and their transport needs before reaching a conclusion. No vehicles - except approved shuttle bus services and delivery vans - are allowed into the tunnel that links the area to the outside world. A consultation document that the developer distributed to the bay's 13,000 residents on Tuesday proposed that a tunnel and an underpass linking the toll plaza and Yi Pak Bay be opened to urban taxis, New Territories taxis and coaches. The vehicles would be allowed to pass the public transport interchange and stop at the hotel. Posts would be set up at two points to stop vehicles encroaching on the estate. The developer said the proposal was good for the bay's growing population, and especially useful to the elderly, pregnant women and the sick. A spokesman said there was no plan yet to resume the hotel project, halted last year amid the downturn. But people who expressed their views in Discovery Bay's online forum said the proposal was in the developer's interest. 'All they want is access to the hotel,' one wrote. Another said allowing taxis in would not bring more convenience. But some said it did not matter what the real purpose of the proposal was because it was a good idea. While admitting the new taxi stand may not serve most residents, the developer's spokesman said it would be useful for people in northern areas, such as residents of Siena and those near Yi Pak Bay. But the area's district councillor, Amy Yung Wing-sheung, said most residents she polled two years ago wanted to keep cars out. The developer's proposal was only to make the hotel project viable, she said. Yung said the Transport Department should conduct an opinion poll to ensure an impartial outcome. The department said it would collect opinions from residents, while the developer said independent auditors would supervise and monitor the handling of all data and questionnaires. The consultation will last for 10 days.