Planning Approval Granted for Crown Casino at Barangaroo

Public Opinion Important in Crown Sydney Plans

The $2 billion Crown casino at Barangaroo has been given the go-ahead, and is expected to be completed by 2021.

The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission has granted planning approval for the Crown casino at Barangaroo. The casino at Barangaroo will be the second Sydney casino.

Crown Resorts had proposed that the new casino will be a VIP-only casino, and that the accompanying hotel would be a six-star hotel. The $2 billion Crown complex has been given the final go-ahead by the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission.

Modifications to Crown Casino Resort Plans

Before the Sydney casino at Barangaroo was given final approval, a number of changes were made to the original plan. When the original plan was submitted for approval, there had been some concerns expressed from the public, local councils, and design professionals. The New South Wales took these objections into account, and ensured that adjustments were made.

The independent panel dealing with the changes consisted of three people. The panel feels that the final proposal for the casino resort, it has concluded that "with the design changes made, the proposed scale and form of Crown Sydney will be a sculptural and elegant signature building on the foreshore."

The land on which the casino will be built was originally set aside to be used as green space. The panel made it clear that since the land was originally designated as a park, there had been a number of questions and objections as to whether a casino and hotel should be built there.

One concern was the amount of green public space in the area. The original plan was changed to include additional green space at Hickson Park. In addition to this, the edges of the hotel and casino resort will be made 30 metres wider in order to leave space for pedestrian access.

The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission commented on the changes: "These changes combine to provide for a significant increase in the area of public domain - of some 4,500 square metres compared to the original proposals."

James Packer Crown Resort at Barangaroo

The New South Wales state government and James Packer of Crown Resorts, have been negotiating this casino deal for some years now. The original idea was supported by the government in 2013. The plan was approved, in part, because the casino has been designed for high-rollers, and will be a regular casino that focuses on poker machines.

The Chairman of Crown Resorts, Robert Rankin, said: "While it has been a long and detailed process, we are pleased with the overall outcome. We're deeply committed to building a six-star hotel resort that Sydneysiders and all Australians can be proud of. We will now move quickly with excavation work."

The casino is expected to open in 2021.