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Moama court residents unhappy

Burgundy Court residents are upset about changes to their street, which will become a drive.

TRENT HORNEMAN July 8, 2014 3:26am

Burgundy Court residents.

A group of Moama residents have called on Murray Shire council to stop their street being transformed from a court to a drive.

Many of the residents of Burgundy Court were sold land at a premium price because they believed they were buying in a court.

However, plans for the second stage of Perricoota Run development showed it was always intended for Burgundy Court to be made Burgundy Drive, going through to Perricoota Rd.

John Beer addressed councillors at a meeting in Moama on Tuesday, questioning why their street was being transformed from a court to a drive.

Mr Beer said if plans were for the road to be a through road into the future, why would it be called Burgundy Court at the early stage.

Council first approved plans for the two-stage Perricoota Run development in 2004, with developers Villawood buying the right to release stage two of the development, with plans approved earlier this year.

Villawood chief executive Julian Perez said when Villawood brought the land for stage two, it was always intended to be a through road.

He said given Murray Shire councillors approved the plans for a through road, Villawood wanted to continue the development as planned.

Residents are keen to keep their street as a court, with many of the residents having young families or wanting to live in a court, rather than a through road.

Nurse Marilyn Quinlan was another Burgundy Court resident to talk to councillors on Tuesday.

She said he brought her property in January and the real estate agent told her it was a premium block, being in a court, and did not mention the plans for the street to be converted.

Villawood submitted plans to change the street name from Burgundy Court to Burgundy Drive on Tuesday.

While the residents wanted councillors to stop the through road being built, councillors could not make that call, given the fact plans were already submitted.

Mayor Tom Weyrich asked councillors to support a plan to defer the decision to see if council could not strike a deal with the developer.

Most councillors were sympathetic to the residents concerns, but could not grant their wish because a development application was already approved.

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