From the Maitland Mercury report:
The group leading the charge against inappropriate development in historic Morpeth is calling on the state government to add the town to the State Heritage Register.
Morpeth Heritage Conservation Group has lost faith in Maitland City Council’s ability to protect the town after its councillors voted in favour of adding three Morpeth land parcels to the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy in recent months.
The strategy governs future development within the council area over the next 20 years.
The most recent act was adding a parcel of land off James Street, between Northumberland Street and Tank Street, to the strategy which has been flagged to produce up to 13 residential housing blocks.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 1, 2016.