We Can’t Live In The Past – OPINION


Chris Johnson

Decisions to knock back smart, forward-looking projects are hurting the future of Sydney CHRIS JOHNSON S ydney must grow if it is to be Australia’s global city but a worrying trend has recently come into Sydney planning decisions where the protection of local character has been used as the device to stop new developments.

The rejection of the proposal by Star for a six-star hotel in a sculptural 62-storey tower in Pyrmont by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and supported by Planning Minister Rob Stokes was based on the belief that the new building was at a different scale to the existing local character of low to medium rise buildings. On this basis, no change can occur across the whole of Sydney as new development inevitably changes local character.