Puttin’ Off The Ritz



The state government has been condemned after moving in lock-step with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore to deny approval for a 61-storey six-star Ritz Carlton hotel near the Star casino. Planning Minister Rob Stokes blamed “widespread opposition”, while former Tourism Australia boss John O’Sullivan labelled the outcome a “tragedy” and Urban Taskforce boss Chris Johnson called it “inconceivable”.

STAR casino will keep fighting to build a $500 million luxury hotel development at Pyrmont after the state government’s planning department sensationally knocked the proposal on the head last night. The 61-storey residential and hotel tower for Sydney would bring 1000 construction jobs, but has been torpedoed by planning boffins who sided with residents worried about its height and impact on local traffic and parking. New Planning Minister Rob Stokes last night backed his department’s decision, saying it “reflects the consistent and widespread opposition to the scale of the proposal”. “The report is the result of an exhaustive process and provides some clear advice for the independent decision-maker to consider,” he told The Daily Telegraph.


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