TEYS has started legal proceedings against Wagga City Council in a bid to reverse development approval for two subdivisions at Cartwrights Hill.
Plans for two subdivisions creating small residential blocks near the company’s boundary at Bomen have been approved.
But Teys said the approval would be damaging for the Wagga economy, and is pursuing legal proceedings to have the decision reversed.
While a Wagga City Council spokesman said council would not be making any comment at this time given the pending legal action, Teys general manager of corporate affairs, Tom Maguire, said it needed to look at the “big picture”.
“We could do nothing and let them damage the economy, but we owe it to our employees and everyone else to take a stand,” he said.
“This is not about anyone’s rights.
“It’s about land that was always designated as an industrial hub and for which council itself plans significant investment.
“Now they want to change the goal posts.”
Mr Maguire said Teys was concerned about companies having to pour money into new environmental and noise guidelines if residential developments were allowed in such close proximity to the industrial area.
Teys has also sent a letter, along with other Bomen-based companies, to NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, asking for a four-hectare minimum for nearby lots.
The Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel had recommended rezoning the land to allow minimum lot sizes of one hectare.
Two landholders will also be affected by the legal action, and Mr Maguire said they had been “caught up in council’s incompetence”.