Former North Lakes Golf Course
Published 03 November 2021
UPDATE: 16 March 2021
The legal advice from Christopher Hughes QC Barrister-at-Law determining whether it’s possible to submit a Development Application at the site of the former North Lakes Golf Course has now been received by all parties. In the interests of transparency, Council has made this document publicly available online for everyone who’s interested.
UPDATE: 9 September 2021
At this time, it is understood the owner of the land is considering the potential for a variety of land use proposals on different parts of the former North Lakes Golf Course site.
However, Council has not received any development application over any of the site.
Should the owner 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. Therefore a development approval from the Council would not be required for those specified works. This is a process managed by the Queensland Government’s Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. It is important to note while Council would be consulted through this process, the decision regarding Designation - and the extent of any specified accepted development - would ultimately be decided by the State Government.
If Council receives a formal development application for a proposed new aged care facility, retirement village or the like on part of the land, it will need to be assessed through the established process under the Planning Act. Depending on the nature of the application lodged, it would be expected to involve a formal period of public consultation. If lodged, details about the development application will be available via Council’s DA tracker portal.
UPDATE: 3 November 2021
Council’s legal team has reviewed the submission made to Council on 19 October 2021 to vary the town planning scheme controls, in order to allow a retirement village and aged care facility to be built on part of the former North Lakes Golf Course site. Council has determined that the development application cannot lawfully proceed in its current form. The applicant has been advised of this decision. This determination does not constitute a refusal of the development.
Council will now await a response from the applicant. All application material, including Council’s letter outlining the legal and technical reasons for today’s decision, have now been posted to the Council’s DA Tracker.
The relevant development application details are:
(a) Application Number - DA/2021/4205
(b) Applicant - JH Northlakes Pty Ltd C/- Mecone