Submissions open on golf course future

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THE Save Kingswood group will make a submission to the newly formed Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee in a bid to shape the future of land at Dingley Village’s Peninsula Kingswood golf course.

The 54-hectare Kingswood site was purchased for $125 million in 2014, and ASRP1 took possession of the land on 31 January.

The developer’s plan to subdivide the land and build a little under 800 residential dwellings was knocked back by Kingston Council in October last year when they unanimously voted to abandon the planning scheme amendment after over 8000 public submissions were made. The final say ultimately comes down to the planning minister.

A golf course redevelopment standing advisory committee was appointed last month to “review and provide the minister for planning advice on draft planning guidelines for golf course redevelopment and advise on proposals for redevelopment of golf course land within the urban growth boundary of metropolitan Melbourne.” 

Public submissions to the committee opened on 2 September, and will close at 5pm on 30 September. The committee will then consider those submissions and can choose to host public workshops, which will likely take place on the week beginning 21 October. The committee must make a submission of its report to the planning minister no later than 40 days from the collection of submissions.

A public briefing was held on 12 September for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to present an overview of their draft planning guidelines for golf course redevelopment.

On 4 September, the Save Kingswood group announced via their Facebook page that they had “agreed to provide a submission to the newly formed golf planning and advisory committee.” 

“This will be based on all the issues Dingley Village and the broader community identified during the proposed rezoning by Australian Super/ISPT. Specifically that we believe rezoning is of no net benefit to our community and our determination to maintain Kingston Council’s golf course policy which will keep Kingswood open space,” the announcement read.

A statement on the Kingswood Dingley Village website read “the owner and developer of the 53-hectare vacant site in the heart of Dingley Village welcomes the minister of planning’s announcement to establish the golf course redevelopment standing advisory committee.”

“Site owner AustralianSuper and development manager ISPT understand the purpose of the committee is to review draft planning guidelines for golf course redevelopment and make recommendations on how the guidelines could be operationalised in the Victorian planning system.

“The minister’s recent announcement is a welcomed opportunity to prepare a refreshed amendment proposal to develop the site, working closely with the community and addressing requirements of the planning guidelines.”

Submissions can be made and more information is available at engage.vic.gov.au/golf-course-redevelopment-standing-advisory-committee

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 18 September 2019

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