A $1.3 million residential development proposal in central Albury is being strongly opposed by next door neighbour, Father Peter Macleod-Miller.
A development application for the four attached, two storey townhouses fronting David Street has been submitted to Albury Council and subject to approval will be built next door to Adamshurst, which is owned by Father Macleod-Miller.
A rear access driveway is to be established from Irvington Court to access rear garages for each townhouses.
Councillors were briefed on the proposal on Monday night with the application from Thompson Building Projects Pty Ltd due to be presented to council next month.
Father Macleod-Miller has confirmed he has submitted an objection to council ahead of its determination.
“The proposed residences includes four attached dwellings and to be sharing one guest carpark which would only really be suitable for an enclosed religious order that anticipated no families and no visitors,” he said.
“The current plan threatens the original intent of the Maryland Way development and will create a rat run for too many cars through a narrow domestic environment.
“There are children and families already living at the point where most of the extra traffic will be generated and the projected conflict between neighbours on account of parking is nothing short of social vandalism.”
Father Macleod-Miller has also objected to the planned removal of plane trees from the site.
“These trees were planted in 1949 and are a noted feature of that heritage precinct,” he said.
“The tree currently marked for removal looks no more distressed than any other tree in Albury and action should be taken to preserve rather than remove it.”
The Border Mail has sought comment from the developer via planning consultants, Habitat Planning.
“We understand that there is some interest in the proposal and a number of submissions have been made to council," they said.
"The applicant is awaiting further information on the particular matters raised, however intends to carefully consider these in more detail and appropriately address all concerns in due course.”