Panel to weigh up golf club development plans

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The ACT government has appointed a community panel to consider options for development on the Federal Golf Club site in Red Hill.

“The golf club has a proposal to build a residential over 55s’ development on their site in Red Hill,” says acting deputy director-general for the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, Brett Phillips.

He says the purpose of the panel is to bring together the club, its developer and representatives from the community to investigate options for development on the site.

Previous proposals have raised concerns from the community, particularly about vegetation and the appropriateness of residential development.

The panel will consist of representatives from the community, the club and experts from ACT Heritage and the Canberra Business Chamber.

“The planning and land authority has invited community organisations and groups who have an interest in the site to participate in the panel process to ensure the ACT government and developer fully understands and considers community concerns,” Mr Phillips says.

“Residential development on the golf course would require a development application, lease variation and likely Territory Plan change, so at this early stage we want to get all the available information we can to guide both the community and the developer.”

The community panel, to be chaired by Mr Phillips, will meet for the first time tonight.

Full details of the composition of the panel are available at www.planning.act.gov.au

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