Support the Planning Department's recommendation that the Star Casino hotel tower be rejected.
You are invited to sign this open letter calling on the Chair of the Independent Planning Commission to uphold the Department of Planning’s recommendation that the Star Casino's apartment and hotel tower not proceed.
To the Chair of the Independent Planning Commission,
As members of the planning and design community, we are concerned by recent criticisms of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment following its recommendation to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) that the Star Casino’s luxury apartment and hotel tower be rejected.
It is our view that no reasonable and independent assessment of the Star Casino’s proposal could result in any other recommendation than that of the Department.
The Department’s report rightly points out that the Star’s concept of a “global waterfront precinct” has no planning weight because it is not reflected in any Council or State Government strategic planning policy. This is a point of vital importance to maintaining public faith in the credibility of the planning system to deliver outcomes for the community and the economy. It is through the development of strategies and controls that the community is consulted about that should dictate the future of their built environment.
The Department’s report also notes that the proposed built form would be inconsistent in height and form with surrounding buildings. The Star Casino’s proposed tower would inhibit views from public vantage points and adversely impact the established character of Pyrmont, result in adverse heritage impacts, have overshadowing impacts on Union Square, Pyrmont Bay Park and Pyrmont Bridge, and overshadow existing residences and obstruct the views of existing residents.
There is also significant community opposition to the proposal particularly from the Pyrmont community.
Ultimately, the final decision on the Star Casino’s proposed tower in Pyrmont will go to the heart of maintaining the integrity of the planning system and the community’s faith that planning rules are applied fairly to all, regardless of how the proposal was submitted.
We commend the Department on its assessment of the Star Casino proposal – it reflects the concerns of the community.
We urge the IPC to do the same, and to uphold the Department’s recommendation. The credibility of the state’s planning system and the future of our city depends on it.
Architecture, Design & Planning Professionals
Mr Peter Mould, Former NSW Government Architect, Adj. Professor UNSW & Peter Mould
Architect Pty Ltd
Andrew Nimmo, Past President of the NSW Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects and
Director of lahznimmo architects
Professor Richard Johnson AO MBE LFRAIA
Professor Kerry Clare, Director of Clare Design
Professor Lindsay Clare, Director of Clare Design
Professor Philip Thalis, Director of Hill Thalis Architecture & City of Sydney Councillor
Professor Alan Morris, University of Technology Sydney
Professor Andrea Nield, Principal at Studio Nield
Dr Michael Zanardo, Director of Studio Zanardo
Mr Philip Coxall, Chairman & Design Leader at McGregor Coxall
Mr Alex Greenwich MP, State Member for Sydney
Lord Mayor Clover Moore, City of Sydney
Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott, City of Sydney
Councillor Jess Scully, City of Sydney
Councillor Robert Kok, City of Sydney
Councillor Jess Miller, City of Sydney
Mr Shaun Carter, Principal Architect at Carterwilliamson
Mr Howard Tanner AM, Architect at Howard Tanner Architecture
Mr Brendan Randles, Principal of Brendan Randles Architect
Mr Patrick Fensham, Principal of SGS Economics and Planning
Mr Anton James, Director of JMD Design
Mr James Delaney, Director of JMD Design
Mr Stafford van Putten, Director of ineni Realtime
Mr Harry Levine, Principal of Harry Levine Architects
Mr Richard Reid, Director of Richard Reid & Associates
Mr David Neustein, Director of Other Architects
Mr Brett Daintry, Director of Daintry Associates Pty Ltd
Ms Virginia Kerridge, Principal of Virginia Kerridge Architect
Mr Michael Lewarne, Director of Redshift Architecture & Art
Mr Thierry Lacoste, Director of Lacoste+Stevenson
Mr Timothy David Williams, Director of Tim Williams Architects
Mr Richard Peters, Principal of Tobias Partners
Mr David Haertsch, Principal at David Haertsch Architect
Ms Grace Mortlock, Director of Other Architects
Mr Valdis Macens, Director of Calais Macens Architects
Ms Heidi Dokulil, Co-founder of Good Habitat
Ms Deena Ridenour, Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney
Ms Gabrielle Morrish, Principal at GMU
Ms Louise Nettleton, Director of Louise Nettleton Architects
Mr Thomas Rivard, Principal of Realm Studios
Ms Jean Rice, Principal of Jean Rice Architect
Mr Thomas A Rivard, Principal of REALM Studios
Mr Alan Croker, Director of Design 5 - Architects
Mr Ian Wood-radley, Director of WBB Consulting
Mr John O'Callaghan, Director of JOC Consulting
Mr David Stevenson, Director of Lacoste + Stevenson Architects
Ms April McCabe, Associate Director at Red Consulting
Mr Brendan Murra, Senior Associate at JPW Architects
Mr David Goodwin, Senior Planner at UNSW
Ms Sheila Tawalo, Senior Designer at Hill Thalis Architecture & Urban Projects
Mr Benjamin Driver, Senior Urban Planner at Hill Thalis Architecture & Urban Projects
Ms Kerry Hunter, Senior Urban Designer at Hill Thalis Architecture & Urban Projects
Mr Philip Bull, Associate at Dickson Rothschild
Mr Giles Parker, Associate at Neeson Murcutt Architects
Mr Tamas Jones, Associate at Neeson Murcutt Architects
Mr Matteo Salval, Associate at Johnson Pilton Walker
Mr Adrian Esdaile, Architect at Johnson Pilton Walker
Ms Ella Lochhead-Sperling, Architect at Johnson Pilton Walker
Mr Philip Arnold, Architect at Plus Minus Design
Mr Brian Zulaikha, Architect at Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Miss Estelle Grech, Urban Strategist at Red Consulting
Mr Robert Gasparini, Architect at Design 5 - Architects
Mr Alexander Koll, Architect, MAKO Architecture
Mr Nicholas Flatman, Architect at Flaman Architects
Ms Clare Johnston, Architect at OMA
Ms Laura Harding, Independent Architecture Critic
Ms Laura Harding, Independent Architecture Critic
Ms Anna Hill, Graphic Designer at Design Davey
Mrs Kristina Olsson, Architecture Graduate at Hill Thalis Architecture & Urban Projects
Miljun Celeste Wong, Architecture Graduate at Johnson Pilton Walker
Miss Sarah Yap, Graduate of Architecture at Johnson Pilton Walker
Ms Marguerite Farmakis, Architecture Graduate at Johnson Pilton Walker
Mr Jacques Chevrant-Breton, Student of Architecture at Johnson Pilton Walker
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