Fate of Chamberlain Park Golf Course in limbo

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The fate of a popular central Auckland golf course will go back before the courts and Auckland Council has been ordered to halt development. 

Last year, Albert-Eden Local Board and Auckland Council decided to reduce Chamberlain Park in Mt Albert from an 18-hole golf course down to nine holes, using the freed-up land to develop a public park.

Opposition group Save Chamberlain Park fought the decision in the High Court in May 2017, but Justice Simon Moore dismissed the appeal and gave Auckland Council permission to go ahead and halve the golf course.

However, earlier this month Save Chamberlain Park filed an application for another judicial review of notification and consent decisions relating to the redevelopment of its golf course.

The group also sought an interim order stopping Auckland Council from taking any steps to halve the course until the hearing of its application.

Justice Woolford granted the interim order and a hearing has been set down on June 7.
The lobby group welcomed the judicial review hearing date.

“With council elections now 10 months away, it means we can also properly seek public attitudes to the Council’s $22m project to redevelop this important and popular golfing asset that includes reducing it to nine holes,” a spokesperson said.

“We also plan to use this time to discuss our alternative plans that allow for increased amenity usage and environment improvements at the park that can be funded through keeping the full 18 hole golf course intact.

The group wanted to engage with Auckland Council to find a “sensible way forward”.

Auckland Council were given permission to go ahead and cut Chamberlain Park Golf Course in half, but plans are now on hold.
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Auckland Council were given permission to go ahead and cut Chamberlain Park Golf Course in half, but plans are now on hold.

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