The final strategy for Pyrmont and Ultimo, unveiled today, reveals that the government has recommitted to the demands of property developers and The Star Casino by opening the door to high density development for the area.
The Strategy has greenlit the Star’s plan for a luxury hotel tower which had previously been rejected by the City of Sydney.
It also gifts the casino a gigantic increase in height. While the original draft Place Strategy proposed a maximum height of RL 60 on the northern portion of the Star’s proposed hotel tower, the final Strategy has almost doubled the allowed height to RL 110 to permit the massive hotel tower which will be in excess of 30 storeys.
The Strategy also proposes building heights of up to 156 metres (45 storeys) at Blackwattle Bay, a move designed to facilitate the massive private development of the foreshore on the site of the current Sydney Fish Market.
While the government has listened to our proposals for more transport options including a Sydney Metro stop at Pyrmont, the investigation of a proposal to reopen the Glebe Island Bridge to pedestrians and cyclists, and ways to increase capacity on the Inner West Light Rail, these are small recompense for the massive overdevelopment that has been proposed.
We’ve also successfully highlighted the need for more open greenspace, resulting in the inclusion of a plan to facilitate the return of Wentworth Park as a public open space and the potential of a 30 metre wide public space on the foreshore. It’s critical that we keep pushing the government to dedicate land on the foreshore to public greenspace that won’t just be dwarfed by apartment towers.
Thank you to all the residents who had their say on this proposal.
Published 11 December 2020.