The legal action announced today by Crown Resorts and Lendlease against the Barangaroo Delivery Authority needs intervention by the State Government to keep this important project from long delays says the Urban Taskforce.
“Barangaroo has been an incredible success with an amazing bustling character along the waterfront and thousands of office workers and residents.” Says Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson “It would be a very backward move if the central section redevelopment grinds to a halt for the next few years while legal battles occur. The NSW Government must provide leadership to ensure the parties can agree on a way forward.”
“Clearly the announcement of a new metro station on the site has changed the planning rules to the disadvantage of Lendlease and Crown Resorts as the Barangaroo Delivery Authority has sought more height and floor space. There must be a way to balance the impact on existing planning approved envelopes with achieving appropriate development on the central section but this will need high level government intervention.”
“Currently the central site at Barangaroo is a construction site for the new metro line and it would be a very bad result if it remained in this way while extensive legal battles occurred. Sydney already has construction sites along George Street related to the light rail, at Campbell’s Cove and Barangaroo Central. We need strong action from the state government to manage the extent of construction which is beginning to dominate the Sydney CBD.
Chris Johnson can be interviewed on 041225 8283
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