Crown is taking legal action against the government over Barangaroo views

Crown Resorts is suing the NSW government, claiming another development will threaten the views from its new Sydney Casino at Barangaroo.

Crown announced in its full-year financial results that it had pursued legal action in the Supreme Court against the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA), claiming they failed to meet its obligations to the gambling and entertainment group.

“These obligations include consulting with Crown about any application for the proposed development of Central Barangaroo that differs from that provided for in the relevant Concept Plan for Central Barangaroo in existence at the time the Crown Development Agreement was entered into.” Crown stated, according to AFR.

The development in question, The Central Barangaroo development, will consist of a 5.2 hectare site with three hectares of public space, a Sydney Metro station and promises to combine community, civic and cultural spaces with resident, retail and commercial uses.

The Central Barangaroo development
The Central Barangaroo development

According to AFR Crown Resorts executive chairman John Alexander said despite the development intending to be “low density and low rise”, the Crown is now concerned it will be taller than first anticipated, threatening the Casino’s views of the Sydney harbour bridge and opera house.

“The BDA want to increase the gross floor area by about three times and obviously to do that there’s an elevation density impact,” he said.

The BDA said in a statement it has been in talks with Crown for over two years.

“The Barangaroo Delivery Authority, acting on behalf of the NSW Government, has been negotiating with Crown and Lendlease about their sightlines over Central Barangaroo for 28 months,” the spokesman said, according to the ABC.

“At all times the Authority has acted in good faith and in accordance with its contractual obligations.

“The Authority will defend its position in court.”

The controversial new casino is set to be completed in the first half of the 2021 financial year.