Despite years of dispute with some locals, the current owners of the former North Lakes golf course have officially lodged their plans to transform the site into a retirement village and aged care home.
Planning documents submitted to the Moreton Bay Regional Council in October 2021 revealed JH Northlakes Pty Ltd is seeking to build a low-rise building with up to 250 units, designed for independent living and a single-storey complex for aged care facility with 120 beds on the site.
Once approved, the golf course will be repurposed to accommodate the facilities associated with the retirement village. This includes dining spaces, function rooms, health facilities, a swimming pool, gym and an outdoor bowling green.
Around 82 per cent of the 67-ha lot will be used for open space whilst both the retirement facility and residential care facility will only take up 18 percent of the total area combined.
The closure of the golf course back in 2019 came with controversy, with some locals protesting its sale and the developers’ plans for a retirement village. A group of locals even formed the Save North Lakes Golf Course group to save the golf course.
The Moreton Bay Regional Council sought the help of an independent barrister and learned that the developer cannot lawfully proceed in its current form.
“This decision is only to decide if the developer can lodge its current DA according to law, not to assess or approve any aspect of the proposed development. We are of course hopeful the court will agree with MBRC’s position and conclude that the current DA cannot be lodged,” Save North Lakes Golf Course has stated in a Facebook post.
The community group added that they will continue to work hard as it is critical to ensure they keep the golf course that runs through the centre of North Lakes from being rezoned and re-purposed to retirement and aged care units.
To track the status of the application, visit the MBRC’s DA Tracker with the reference DA/2021/4205.