COUNCIL could be set to knock back a $6.25 million development near the Longyard golf course.
A Tamworth Regional Council report has recommended councillors nix a 120 dwelling estate adjoining the golf course due to zoning conflicts, at their Tuesday night meeting.
The proposed development area is currently zoned for private recreation and tourism and council’s report reckoned the estate project was inconsistent with objectives of both zones.
The estate would have included 120 dwellings, plus a clubhouse with cinema, café, lounge, dining room, gym, health consulting rooms, swimming pool, alfresco area and a bowling green.
Council’s report said “the manufactured home estate would not protect and enhance the natural environment for recreational purposes, as land that is presently used for recreational purposes will be removed to facilitate a residential development.”
The report also raised concerns with the proximity of the project to AELEC and the under-construction Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence, “which are of regional and national significance”.
The statement of environmental effects lodged with council said the golf club stood to benefit from the proposal and would ensure its long-term viability.
“The proposed development is consistent with the applicable legislation, planning instruments, controls and guideline,” the developer’s report said.
“The development has been designed to produce a high-quality outcome that protects amenity within and beyond the site.”
Members of the golf club aired grievances with the development and believed it “would change the length and nature of several holes”, originally designed by Bob Harrison and Greg Norman.
Owner John O’Rourke said the Longyard golf course needed the developments to go ahead otherwise he could be forced to close the course indefinitely.