The Village Retirement Group’s contentious golf course co-location development faces uphill battle

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Retirement villages are being built on land belonging to golf courses throughout Australia but Justin and Michael Harrison’s The Village Retirement Group has a battle on its hands over their plans for a retirement village and aged care home on the former award-winning North Lakes Golf Couse, 26km north of Brisbane’s CBD.

TVRG lodged a development application three years after buying the land but it was not accepted by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Last month, the Queensland Government rejected a proposal from TVRG to build an independent school on the former golf course.

Plans lodged with Council on 19 October show TVRG plan to build 250 low-rise independent living units and a single storey 120-bed aged-care facility, with the former golf course split into six sections, with five reserved for open space and public parks.

Council has given TVRG 20 business days to provide the appropriate documents including the Integrated Planning Act Forms.

TVRG can proceed with a proposal for a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation over part of the site, such a Designation would make certain works ‘accepted development’ under the Planning Act 2016. Development approval from the Council would not be required for those specified works but it would be consulted.

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