PLANS to build homes at the Kingswood Golf Course in Dingley Village are being watched closely across the municipality as setting a potential precedent for residential developments on courses.
Kingston Council has been given permission by state Labor Planning Minister Richard Wynne to start the first step of the Planning Scheme Amendment process seeking community feedback.
A planning application to subdivide the golf course into 760 lots has been submitted by property fund manager ISPT.
The fund manager bought the course land for $125 million in 2014.
The golf club merged with the Peninsula Country Golf Club.
Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said the consultation stage is a chance for people to make their views on the redevelopment known.
“We know there has been a lot of community interest in the proposed development, and council is keen to ensure that Dingley Village residents are kept fully informed at every stage,” Cr Staikos said.
“Council will be writing to all Dingley Village residents to let them know that now is the time to have their say. You can view the plans online or in person at the Dingley Village library or council’s customer service centre in Cheltenham.
The applicant ISPT is seeking permission to subdivide lots under 300 square metres.
The project’s senior development manager Anna Martiniello said there are no plans for apartments or flats or multi-storey developments and “all buildings will be designed to perform to high-performance standards”.
“We are proposing a master-planned residential community, with 760 individual lots. The development will include a mixture of low-density and medium-density housing, more than 14.6 per cent of the site dedicated to usable open space, flood retention works for some 62,000m3 of stormwater, more than five times the statutory requirement, a financial contribution to council of $7525 per dwelling, and a dedicated financial contribution towards affordable housing.”
Save Kingswood Group Incorporated secretary Kevin Poulter said hundreds of people have signed an online petition against the residential development plans.
“Up to 1000 tiny units is so out of character, they would destroy an entire village and affect nearly 10,000 residents’ quality of life,” he said.
See yourkingstonyoursay.com.au or call Kingston Council on 1300 653 356 for information on how to make a submission before Thursday 30 August.
“Council’s planning officers have been working for almost two years to ensure that all required information has been provided by the applicant. Now the community will have the chance to assess the plans and have its say. Following the community feedback period, council is required to vote on whether or not they wish to refer the matter to an independent panel for advice.”