THE first of two residential subdivisions proposed by the same applicant in Thurgoona have been approved by Albury Council.
Councillors this week unanimously ticked off a further stage of The Elms estate which includes 19 housing lots on Table Top Road.
The applicant, Glenfield Development, has also proposed a further 20 lots west of the successful application, but potentially faces a more difficult path towards approval.
The application still under assessment proposes the removal of trees located either side of the Transgrid electricity easement and were planted by the former Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation as part of a forward tree planting program more than 30 years ago.
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The subject area was identified as suitable residential 10 years earlier.
Trees 4.5 metres tall and three metres wide have been earmarked for the chop on the site.
But deputy mayor Amanda Cohn flagged there had already been "significant community interest" in the second application.
"By splitting the two applications the developer will be able to get on with the part of the development that hasn't been as controversial," she said.
"I am happy to allow that to go ahead, but noting we are waiting on some significant information about what they are going to do with the rest of the block."
The report to council this week said further information from the applicant had been sought on the tree removal and Aboriginal cultural heritage matters before the proposal was presented for final decision.
But according to the development application submitted to council on behalf of the proponents there were no Aboriginal sites or places recorded.
An Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment was also undertaken on the subdivision application approved this week given that known sites and indicative landscape features existed close to the proposed development.
The subject land was previously earmarked for the east-west connector road proposed for the Thurgoona-Wirlinga growth area.
But five years ago the connector road option was canned in favour of "exploring alternatives for future management of traffic in the Thurgoona growth corridor".
Council didn't require a traffic impact assessment or traffic management plan as the proposed lots would not require additional road and intersection treatments and existing infrastructure.
The subdivision's sole access will be from Zeil Circuit.
Bushfire considerations have also been taken into account in assessment of the development application by council's planning department.
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