WETHERILL Park residents can breathe a sigh of relief.
Fairfield Council has voted to limit a site development to medium density — meaning it can't exceed two storeys.
In 2011, the council had received an application for a six-storey, 147-unit apartment block, and separate three-storey and two-storey buildings, on Cobbett Street and The Horsley Drive.
The council received 17 submissions at a public exhibition last year, including a petition containing 35 signatures against the development.
"At Tuesday's council meeting the residents had a decisive win and my faith in the council process was restored," resident Pat Sganga said.
"Even though the decision on the night was unanimous, there were those who went the extra mile, so to speak.
"This was partly due to the residents lobbying the council and the support from the councillors.
"I, as a resident, was thankful and I was also thankful for their reason for reaching such a decision.
"This to me, shows that the council was thinking of the community."
Councillor Lawrence White said in supporting the recommendation: "I was very much surprised to see high-rise developments for this area.
"The council made a reasonable decision in this."
Councillor George Barcha said a high-density development would be out of character.