Packer’s Crown wins $2bn Barangaroo view row
James Packer's Crown and Lendlease have won their battle for clear sightlines from their mega-developments at South Barangaroo to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Crown is building a $2 billion casino resort and Lendlease has two towers in the planning. The companies had asked the NSW Supreme Court to provide injunctive relief and declarations against the NSW Government's Barangaroo Delivery Authority to "require the BDA to comply with a number of contractual obligations".
These obligations, the two companies had said, included negotiating with them to ensure there were unobstructed views from their developments to the Bridge and Opera House across Central Barangaroo.
The sightlines were jeopardised by to a yet-to-be-finalised development at Central Barangaroo.
After striking development agreements with Crown and Lendlease, the BDA increased the limit on the potential size of a Grocon-led development at Central Barangaroo.
It did so in an effort to get more money for the site to offset the cost of an underground Metro train the NSW Government unexpectedly decided to add at the last minute.
Justice Robert McDougall said in his reasons published this morning that the BDA had breached the development agreements between it, Crown and Lendlease by considering Grocon applications without first discussing and negotiating changes with Crown and Lendlease "so as to retain the plaintiffs' sight lines".