HEDDON Greta residents have welcomed Cessnock Council's decision to develop a strategic land use plan for the precinct.
Last Wednesday, councillors resolved to investigate the opportunity for better strategic planning in the expanding suburb of Heddon Greta, as the area continues experience growth at a rapid pace.
The report will also explore what arrangements can be made to invite Maitland City Council in the planning process with a view to joint contributions and structure planning wherever feasible across the precinct
Heddon Greta Residents Action Group member Daryll Jackson said it was a step in the right direction for the frustrated residents.
"We feel the development is overtaking infrastructure so we need to play catch and get a plan in place," he said.
"It's great that council has jumped on board. We need to lobby the state government in regards to the traffic lights.
"It's a major step but there are still some steps to go. We are really supportive ... It will help in a big way for addressing the infrastructure problem in the area."
A report will come back to Council shortly outlining the next steps to securing a strategic land use plan for the growing Heddon Greta and Cliftleigh precinct.
Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent said a report would come back to Council shortly that would outline how a strategic plan could be developed.
"Council have listened to residents' concerns in the area. They've particularly expressed concerns around the traffic movements," he said.
"We know our area is a great place to live and it will continue to expand. As a Council we want to ensure we are strategically planning to allow for better integration with existing infrastructure."