Plans for Longyard golf course luxury units revealed

HOLING OUT:  Former Longyard golf club president Nick Broadbent hot out over a proposed development which he say will change the South Tamworth course. Photo: Peter Hardin 150518PHA005
HOLING OUT: Former Longyard golf club president Nick Broadbent hot out over a proposed development which he say will change the South Tamworth course. Photo: Peter Hardin 150518PHA005

COUNCILLORS have reserved judgement on the spat unfolding over potential developments  at the Longyard golf course.

Some members are concerned a subdivision and prospective over-50s village near the course will significantly change the facility originally designed by Greg Norman and Bob Harrison in the 1980s.

A development application for the seniors’ village is yet to be lodged and councillors steered clear of commenting the proposal before it was presented.

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“It would be ideal for the Longyard golf course to maintain the integrity of the original design which was lauded at the time and has served the club well,” Juanita Wilson said.

“However, we need to look at every proposal that comes to council.”

Mark Rodda was sympathetic to concerns and also hoped the integrity of the course could be maintained.

“Their concerns might be alleviated by a bit of education process by the developer,” he said.

Developer Bob Andersen said the prospective site would offer 20 independent luxury living units and community facilities including a gym, spa, pool , golf simulator, cinema and a hairdresser.

“It will boast a state of the art design, inspired by the local surrounds, and will lead the way in the over-50s living,” Mr Andersen said.

“The resort will bring a huge economic benefit to the region, will ensure the longevity of the Golf Course and surrounding community and provide a positive benefit to Tamworth as a whole.”

A development application is expected to be lodged in coming months.

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