Sydney to get new Ritz-Carlton hotel after government changes to height restrictions

A 51-storey a Ritz-Carlton hotel at Sydney’s Pyrmont will go ahead after the NSW Government released plans to reshape the suburb with new height restrictions.

The NSW government’s plans include allowing buildings of up to 180 metres on the site of The Star, and almost 170 metres in the area where the Harbourside shopping centre is located.

The Star’s planned $530 million hotel and casino development caused controversy when it was rejected by an independent panel last year, after the Planning Department had recommended the project for refusal.

The rejection took both the Star and Premier Berejiklian by surprise, although it was welcomed by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“It is deeply disappointing to see The Star’s zombie tower rise from the dead,” Moore said.

“Future development in the precinct should prioritise jobs and industries of the future, not gambling.”

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the new plans were “an opportunity for more growth and more development on the peninsula but it needs to be carefully planned”.