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29 March 2023
The Gold Coast may see the approval of a brand-new residential development after the new owners of the recently closed The Arundel Hills Country Club, Arundel Estate Developments Pty Ltd, submitted their master plan to the Gold Coast City Council. The proposal for the 67-hectare ex-golf club includes three precincts to be delivered in stages, including the low-density urban residential subdivision with 447 home lots varying in size from 286sq m to 1223sq m. The Gold Coast market is in need of new land subdivision opportunities, particularly in central locations like Arundel.
The development also seeks to improve pedestrian connectivity throughout the neighbourhood, and a portion of the site will be dedicated to the council for environment and conservation purposes, open space, and conservation. The plan also includes gifting land to the nearby school, AB Paterson College, for a sporting and recreational expansion.
There have been discussions with local residents raising concerns around how this proposed development may set a precedent for Gold Coast golf courses and may diminish the green spaces around the coast area. The development is seeking preliminary approval to nullify the zoning of the site under the City Plan and, in its place, establish a set of detailed planning provisions that will facilitate the long-term coordinated development of the site.
The Country Club’s undulating par 72 course was designed and developed in the 1990s and closed last year due to the owners going into administration. Arundel Estate Developments Pty Ltd has contracted to purchase the site from the current owner, Zhongsheng Management Pty Ltd, hoping that their proposed development can provide a good mix of housing sizes for a variety of family profiles, lifestyles, and price points, according to the planning report.