The Star Casino’s plans for a new development in Sydney’s Pyrmont that included a Ritz-Carlton hotel has been given fresh hope after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian ordered a snap review of the area, despite the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment knocking back the proposal recently.
Berejiklian has ordered the Greater Sydney Commission to complete a review by the end of September to ensure Pyrmont’s planning rules are “consistent with the government’s vision for its future”.
“I am sending a strong message that Pyrmont is open for business and ready to be taken to the next level,” Berejiklian said in a press release.
The planning department had rejected plans for a $500 million 237-metre apartment and hotel tower at The Star casino on the grounds it was “inconsistent with and would adversely affect the established character of Pyrmont.”
The decision drew an angry response from 2GB shock jock Alan Jones who backed the proposal as did and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.
“With a growing population, we know there will be more development in Pyrmont in the future,” Berejiklian said. “With that will come opportunities to build more transport links including a potential Metro station.
“While individual applications will continue to be determined on their merits, this review sends a clear signal that our government believes the Pyrmont area has a bright and exciting future as a key part of the NSW visitor economy.”