The Federal Government has lashed out at Port Stephens Council for a approving a residential sub-division directly under the flight path of FA-18 jets at Williamtown.

43 of the 53 approved lots at the Richardson Road site will be directly
under the takeoff and landing flight path of FA-18 jets and the louder
Joint Strike Fighters, which are due to arrive by 2018.

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney says council has chosen to ignore the aircraft noise maps in approving the development.