In early 2020 the Glen Iris Golf course was permanently closed and sold to the Eastcourt Property Group, a land development and investment company who intends to develop the land as a residential estate.
Comprising nearly 55 hectares, the former golf course is an irregularly-shaped landholding that is predominantly zoned ‘Special Use 1’, a zoning that allows development of the land for:
The only part of the landholding not zoned ‘Special Use 1’ is the former driving range, a 2.8 hectare lot that is zoned ‘Residential R40’.
An amendment to the City of Cockburn Town Planning Scheme No. 3 is therefore required to permit residential development. While the City will administer the process (including public and stakeholder consultation), the Minister for Planning will make the final decision regarding any proposed rezoning.
In addition to rezoning the land, Eastcourt will need to prepare and lodge a structure plan detailing how they intend to develop the land, and providing various supporting technical studies. The content and process for preparing, lodging, assessing, and approving a structure plan is described on the
Eastcourt have commenced preliminary works required to redevelop the land including decommissioning and removing reticulation infrastructure, removing and pruning trees, puncturing artificial lake liners to allow them to drain, and installing new fencing. These works have not required approvals from the City and have been undertaken with relevant permits where required.
In addition to these works, Eastcourt have engaged a consultant team to consult with the local community and undertake planning for the future redevelopment. It is important to note that this consultation has no status within the planning framework and will not be considered as meeting the statutory advertising the City must undertake prior to considering a structure plan or scheme amendment.
To meet their engagement objectives, Eastcourt have employed Acumen Development Solutions as their community liaison. Enquiries may be directed to their Community Engagement Manager, Louise Richardson via
Who owns the former Glen Iris Golf Course?
Has Council considered buying the golf course?
The original developers sold the former Glen Iris Golf Course to the property developers Eastcourt early in 2020.
As summarised in this media release
, while the previous owners approached the City in 2017 to investigate the possibility of the City purchasing the land, this did not proceed.
The City has never had any involvement in the ownership or operation of the golf course.
The City has never seriously contemplated purchasing the Glen Iris Golf Course.What can the owners develop on the former Golf Course?
The Glen Iris Golf Course is a privately owned and operated public golf course and has been since it was first developed. The landowner sold the site as a private sale.
The golf course area is currently zoned ‘Special Use No. 1’ which permits a golf course estate, private recreation, hotel, convention centre and associated uses. There is also a small area, approximately 2ha, upon which the driving range is located, which is zoned ‘Residential R40’.What if they want to do something else with the land?
Do they have to use the land for something?
To develop the land for any other purpose, three separate processes are required:
- a scheme amendment to rezone the land
- preparation of a structure plan describing the general development intent and providing site and contextual analysis, environmental, servicing, and transport considerations
- a plan of subdivision showing lot configuration, roads, public open space etc.
NoWhat processes do they need to go through to change the use of the land?
Who is the decision maker?
The planning processes are guided by state regulation. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) website contains flowcharts explaining processes are available at:
While the City plays a significant role in undertaking community and stakeholder consultation for scheme amendments and structure plans and then reporting these to the WA Planning Commission, it is not the decision maker.
Scheme amendments: Minister for PlanningHas the City received any applications yet? What conversations have the City has with the developer? Has the City provided support for the proposal?
Structure plans: WA Planning Commission
Subdivision: WA Planning Commission
The City has not received any applications to redevelop the land at this point in time, nor have any ‘assurances’ been given to the purchaser.What role does the City and Council take in the redevelopment process?
Details of the scheme amendment process provided on the Glen Iris webpage for individuals that would like more information including community engagement (advertising) stages.
Has this been approved already?
As a local government, our role in the key planning processes (for redevelopments) can be summarised as follows (the distinction of Council and City is used for clarity between Elected Members and the role of the Administration):
- Council initiates the rezoning process. This is a crucial step in the process which cannot be undertaken by City staff
- The City determines sufficient information submitted to advertise a proposal. This applied in the case of structure plans and is the only use of delegation in the redevelopment process. There are timeframes set under planning regulation to do this (which would not work in with the Council agenda cycle) and the WAPC also has the ability to intervene
- The City facilitates community engagement and statutory consultation period
- The City provides technical guidance and information on policy/regulation
- The City compiles submissions
- Council makes recommendation to the decision maker for scheme amendment (WAPC, then in turn, the Minister for Planning) and structure plans (WAPC)
- The City makes recommendation to the decision maker (WAPC) for subdivisions (including whether they are aligned to the earlier stages of the planning processes and suitable technical conditions)
The City is not the ultimate decision maker in the planning process for redevelopments.
The City has not received any applications to redevelop the land at this point in time, nor have any ‘assurances’ been given to the purchaser. We understand the value you place on your neighbourhood and that you will be interested in any proposals to change land uses or zonings.I was told this would always be open space/golf course
The City cannot comment on what others have previously stated, including developers of the original estate or people selling established homes or lots in the estate. The City is not a part of those transactions.Traffic/access concerns
In terms of the City’s information, the land has never been indicated as public open space or any other form of reserve. It has always been privately owned.
Any application to rezone the land would need to address issues such as traffic generation and access.Clearing bush/vegetation/wildlife concerns Including draining lakes)
Any application to rezone the land would need to address issues including environmental assessment.What powers do the City have to make sure the property doesn’t become an ‘eyesore’?
There are no provisions in any Act which the local government can use to force landowners to keep their property well-manicured and irrigated.Can the City force the new landowner to keep using it as a golf course?
Should there be other matters such as illegal dumping or storage of materials, then the City is able to deal with this.
Under the Local Government Act, the City’s Rangers can ensure the property is kept in a tidy condition; this is generally only applied in a circumstance where a build-up of disused material is readily seen from the Road.
If there is a build-up of grass, the City can initiate a Works Order on the owner to ensure the grass is mown. Like previous years, the Golf Course will still be inspected each year (in November/ Dec) by the City’s Fire Officer
No, the former Glen Iris Golf Course is private land and like any private landowner, they are allowed to discontinue the use of a property and leave it vacant.Can the City force the new landowner to keep the amenities on the land (such as the clubhouse)
No, this is private land and like any private landowner, they are allowed to apply to demolish buildings.Can the City stop demolition of buildings?
No - while the City is responsible for issuing demolition licences for any buildings proposed to be removed, this only regulates the demolition process and does not give the City the ability to refuse the demolition.Can the City force the new landowner to keep watering the grass/trees?
No, the former Glen Iris Golf Course is private land and like any private landowner, if they decide not to irrigate their land, that is their choice.Can the City ensure fire breaks are provided?
Grass will have to be mown during summer to an acceptable height.
Yes, as required under the City’s Fire Control Order, the golf course will be required to ensure a firebreak is installed and maintained. Firebreaks must be put in place by 1 November each year and maintained to 15 April.Seeking commitment from Elected Members to not support rezoning/redevelopment
Elected Members are not able to provide commitments to support or otherwise on any matter until Council’s formal deliberations as part of a Council meeting.Seeking meetings (including Council meetings)
At this stage as there is no proposal currently before Council for its consideration, and the City has acknowledged community concerns, there is no reason for a meeting.How could redevelopment affect the price of my home?
Should the developer seek to proceed with a proposal for residential development, the scheme amendment process explained on the City’s webpage describes the thorough community engagement, planning process, and deliberations required by Council.
While value of property can be an important consideration for home owners, it is not a matter which local government is able to contemplate in its assessment as a ‘planning consideration’. Therefore, if this is a concern it is best to speak to a property valuer.What is the status of the developer-run Community Reference Group and workshops?
The City has no direct involvement with this initiative, including its membership structure, and while we see this as a positive engagement strategy, this process is the landowner’s voluntary consultation and plays no part in the statutory planning processes. This consultation serves only to give the local community an opportunity to contribute to the draft development proposal. Will there still be government-led consultation?
The Reference Group and its outputs will not be considered as representative of the local community’s views, and prior to assessing any formal development proposal, the City will undertake its own consultation, ensuring all local residents have the opportunity to comment on the site’s future.
We note there are landowners who have chosen not to be involved in the developer run consultation and respect that right.
Yes – the City facilitates its own community engagement and statutory consultation period regardless of what a developer may undertake before they submit an application.There is uncertainty about time frames – how long till the community can understand what the future is for the area?
Where to find further information
Nobody likes uncertainty and the planning processes are quite lengthy. A really important reason they are long is to allow for proper consultation and considered decision making. The future of an area is not a matter to be rushed.
At this stage, there is still no application lodged, which is the first step. Some broad guidance on timeframes can be found in the planning processes information sheet
The new landowner has set up an online engagement and consultation platform which is currently the central information and contact point for all engagement and information on the project.
We encourage you to continue to liaise with the Community Engagement Manager for the new landowner.
The City also maintains information as it becomes available on the Glen Iris
webpage. This also includes information about the rezoning (scheme amendment) process.