The challenged plan to redevelop the former North Lakes Golf Course, north of Brisbane, into a retirement village is one step closer to reality after lawyers confirmed a development application could be lodged.
As we reported here, the North Lakes Golf Course closed in 2018 before being sold in 2019 to father and son Michael and Justin Harrison’s The Village Retirement Group, who are looking to build a retirement village and aged care home on the site.
However, many local residents objected to the prospect of the golf course being redeveloped, saying the course was always part of the area’s master plan, ABC News reported.
As a result, the Moreton Bay Regional Council commissioned lawyers to look at whether a retirement community being built on the golf course would align with their planning codes, more specifically the Mango Hill Infrastructure Development Control Plan.
Now the lawyers have returned an answer and VRG has been given the green light to go ahead with a development application.
The legal advice said the developer can apply to Council to seek amendments to the control plan that will allow for the development.
A DA is yet to be drafted but is expected to be submitted to Council as soon as it is completed.
The local residents wanted the golf club retained despite it failing as a business, resulting in the sale. They also have not given credit to the offer by RVG to make the balance of the land not taken up by the village being donated as green space for the local community.
The Village Retirement Group already has six developments, Manly being its only NSW site so far.