Launceston Golf Club has succeeded in having a second development application for a subdivision approved by the City of Launceston. The application is in relation to the rezoning of land in Opossum Rd, Kings Meadows from recreational to residential for the purpose of a subdivision.
The club, established in 1899, has long held plans to reduce the size of the course and redevelop its underutilised private land. The proposed residential lots adjacent to Tasmania’s oldest course range in size from 500sqm to just under 750sqm and includes a 2500sqm road capped with an open end. Whether the road will be further extended in the future remains unclear but will “allow the potential for future subdivision and connectivity”.
According to a document submitted by Woolcott Surveys, the private members’ golf club made the decision to rezone and subdivide “following a difficult few years” financially. Woolcott Surveys town planner James Stewart told council that all concerns had been reviewed and the development would not impact on the character of Kings Meadows.
“There will be no visual impact on the appearance of land when viewed from Opossum Road,” he said.
Local residents had raised various issues from disturbance of the natural ecosystems and biodiversity to traffic impact, amenity and retention of public open space.
Mr Stewart said there was only remnant vegetation around the new block and none of it would be impacted by the proposed works.
The Launceston Golf Club’s 18-hole, par-72, 5808m metre course will continue to operate without any impact from the now-approved development. The sixth tee will eventually be relocated in Phase I of the subdivision plan.