The Peak residents speak out against new housing development road

Residents of The Peak fear the increased traffic from an approved housing development could put lives at risk.

WRONG PLACE: The Peak residents John and Ann Crosby, and Greg Burnes say the access road is going to be a problem. Photo: Peter Hardin

WRONG PLACE: The Peak residents John and Ann Crosby, and Greg Burnes say the access road is going to be a problem. Photo: Peter Hardin

Tamworth councillors approved the 13-lot development in the Longyard Estate, which received more than 40 public submissions. 

ISSUE: Residents say lot 51 is too narrow to be turned into a public road.

ISSUE: Residents say lot 51 is too narrow to be turned into a public road.

The residents, who are all part of Peak Community Title Scheme, have no objection to the housing development, just its access point.

The developer has proposed to turn one of the lots into a public road.

The estate’s strata agreement will have to be rewritten with the loss of the lot, but safety is the overwhelming concern for the estate’s 58 households.

“It’s a bad corner – there are a lot of recreational walkers, but no footpath,” resident Jan Burnes said.

“My concern is somebody is going to get killed.

“They’ll fly down this road and realise there is a child on the push bike.”

Fellow resident John Crosby said the triangular-piece of land had seen three different proposals over the years, all of which had the access road coming from the back of the development.

Plans sent to residents in December show an easement running along the edge of the golf course.

However, Mr Crosby said the easement had been removed from recent plans.

Peak Community Title Scheme president James Bayley spoke to councillors at Tuesday night’s meeting before they voted in favour of the development.

He said residents “may have had second thoughts” if they knew about plans for a second public road.

“The owners at The Peak paid premium dollar for land, it’s a special place to live,” Mr Bayley said.

Cr Mark Rodda told the meeting the proposal was “a far better outcome than anything else”.

“An access road wouldn’t add a lot more traffic,” Cr Rodda said.

Council’s report says the development would add between 10 and 11 vehicle trips per hour and 104 vehicle trips per day.

Cr Jim Maxwell supported the motion and said if it was knocked back, “we will end up with a worse scenario”.