OPEN SPACE:Developer’s application was rejected as land gazetted as recreational
VIBRANT Corridor Sdn Bhd's application to convert the Serendah Golf Resort into a housing project has been rejected by Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS).
MDHS town and country planning officer Roslan Amat Zainal told Streets that the developer's application was rejected as the land was gazetted as recreational and open space.
"If the company wants to develop the land, they have to go through the land conversion process first," he said.
The decision came after Serendah Golf Resort members and residents who live in the resort recently voiced their objections to the plan.
The residents, who held a protest recently, are appealing to the state government to step in and help them maintain the golf course.
Serendah Golf Resort owners and residents' association chairman Datuk Mahmud Mohd Nor said by allowing the golf course to be converted, the property value in the area would drop.
"We paid between RM100,000 and RM350,000 because our homes were located in the golf resort.
"If they take away the golf course, it will be like any other housing area," he said.
He added that the residents did not want the greenery to be converted into a concrete jungle.
"Some of us paid extra just to own houses that front onto the golf course but if the project is allowed, all we will see is the back of another person's house," Mahmud said.
The residents each paid RM20,000, in addition to their house price, to become lifelong members of the resort while members living outside the resort each paid RM30,000 in membership fees.
It was also claimed that although no agreement was reached between the residents, council and developer, the developer had sealed off the golf course.
"We hope that we are allowed to use the facilities until a decision is made," Mahmud said.
He added that the residents have been paying high assessment fees for their properties because it is located in a golf resort.
"I pay a higher assessment fee here than I do for my house in Jalan Gurney," he said.
About 50 residents and golf club members turned up for the protest early last week as they felt they were shortchanged in their home ownership deal.
The residents suggest that the state government take over the golf course and give the developers another plot of land for development.
Mahmud said with proper management and attention, the golf course could be turned into a lucrative business including becoming a tourist attraction.
"Take away the golf course and this place will be no different than others.
"Who would want to buy the properties then?" he asked.
Despite not being able to continue with the development, a notice was put up to keep golfers away starting May 15.
Vibrant Corridor could not be reached for comment.