COUNCILLORS have approved the sub-division of six lots to create 59 residential blocks, which will mark the second stage of the Baringa Gardens Estate development.
Most lots will range from 700 to 800 square metres, and will add to the 27 properties from stage one of the development.
David McKinnon addressed council on behalf of the Tamworth Ratepayers Association to express the group’s disappointment at the “funnelling of traffic through suburban streets”.
“There was an opportunity for the estate to join with Goonoo Goonoo Road,” Mr McKinnon said.
“Planning needs to lift its game and address those sort of issues.”
However, Cr Russell Webb warned against being critical of council staff, who could only respond to what was submitted to them by the applicant.
“They had to deal with the cards they were dealt,” Cr Webb said.
“It's not up to staff to go back to applicants and say 'why don't you do this?'. They deal with what is in front of them, they can tweak it a bit, but they have to report on what the applicant submits.”
Council usually requires developers to provide a provision for public open space of 2500 square metres, however council has instead agreed to allow the developers to improve access to the nearby Baringa Park.
Cr Mark Rodda said while he “wasn't pleased with the original stage”, he was “certainly happy to support the second stage”.