The Independent Planning Commission denied permission for Star Entertainment Group to construct a new luxury hotel and residential tower at its inner Sydney location.
The developer received permission to demolish part of its current complex and build a new 237-metre tower and podium consisting of a 220-room, Ritz-Carlton six-star hotel, 204 residential units, a basement car park and a community hub.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment concluded that the offer of AU$529 m (US$ 360.2 m) should be rejected because it is “inconsistent with current strategic planning for the site and locality fails to promote the orderly use and development of land.”
This added that the new tower would be incompatible with its immediate context and due to its size it would result in “unacceptable” visual impacts.
Due to the objections from the Sydney Council and the public, the plan was then referred to the Independent Planning Commission.
The project’s proponents were outspoken about its high-quality design and positive economic effects, including job creation and tourism industry contributions.