Delayed Bligh Street, Sydney hotel plans moving forward: Chris Johnson

Delayed Bligh Street, Sydney hotel plans moving forward: Chris Johnson
Delayed Bligh Street, Sydney hotel plans moving forward: Chris Johnson


The long delayed plans for a 55 storey hotel in Bligh Street have now progressed to State Significant Development stage. 

It is amazing that the Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, in announcing that the Bligh Street project can now be submitted as a State Significant Development, said it had been in "planning purgatory for too long".

It is good news that the project is now more connected to the planning system and hopefully will get planning approval before too long.

The design of the building looks impressive and the sleek 55 storey tower will be a good addition to the Sydney skyline.

On the same day that the Bligh Street hotel moves forward, the plans for the proposed Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pyrmont were being discussed at a public meeting held by the Independent Planning Commission (IPC), where the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment argued against the 62 storey hotel project proceeding because it was different to the existing character of Pyrmont.

The Urban Taskforce is concerned that since the publication of the Local Character and Place Guideline in February 2019 the Department of Planning seem to be preferring the preservation of existing local character over bold new visions for the future.

Pyrmont needs to be "taken to the next level" as the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian has recently stated.

The Urban Taskforce presented at the meeting and proposed that the Ritz Carlton Hotel and its associated functions were an ideal project to be the catalyst for a renewal of development in Pyrmont.

With the proposed new fish markets opening up the redevelopment options for the old site will come higher rise development on the peninsula. The Urban Taskforce presentation to the IPC an optimistic future for Pyrmont with significant new development.

Sydney needs more quality hotels and the small planning step forward for the proposed hotel at Bligh Street is good news. This needs to be supported by the IPC approving the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pyrmont.

CHRIS JOHNSON is the Urban Taskforce CEO.

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