Housing estate near The Peak Tamworth will compliment existing development

LOCAL CONCERN: This block will be turned into a public road, giving access to the new estate. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120417GGC01

LOCAL CONCERN: This block will be turned into a public road, giving access to the new estate. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120417GGC01

THE developer of the housing precinct behind The Peak insists his proposal will complement and mirror the existing estate.

Residents are outraged the 13-lot development includes an access road through the blue-chip estate and are concerned the increased traffic, combined with a dangerous corner, will be a safety issue.

They would prefer to see the road go through the back of the new estate, along the edge of the Tamworth golf course, as proposed in the site’s previous developments.

However, Robert Massera said he spent a lot of time investigating previous proposals and why they subsequently failed.

“I would love to [run the access road through the golf course], but the reality is, it is unworkable every which way you look at it,” he said.

Mr Massera understands the concerns of the community, but insists his proposal is the only viable way to use the land.

The Sydney-based doctor admires The Peak development so much that he’s hired the surveyor who drafted the original plans for the estate.

It would be far more lucrative for me to put in 33 two-storey residential villas, but it’s not the right thing to do. - Robert Massera

“His brief will be to absolutely ensure all the best elements of The Peak are included,” he said.

“I wanted the development to be as seamless as possible with The Peak.”

Residents are concerned Mr Massera’s development would evolve from 13 residential lots to multiple storey units – something he ruled out.

“I can say with absolute categorical conviction, I have no intention of accessing the land by stealth,” he said.

“It would be far more lucrative for me to put in 33 two-storey residential villas, but it’s not the right thing to do, it's not the right fit for the land or area and I couldn't feel good about doing it.”

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