A DECISION to block plans for 46 homes in Stockton has been upheld on appeal.
Persimmon Homes (South Midlands) Ltd wanted to build the homes on land opposite Springfields along Napton Road.
But despite being recommended for approval by officers, the application was rejected by members of Stratford District Council’s planning committee in April last year because of concerns over the threat to the character of the village.
They also raised fears the development would be an eyesore to the neighbouring areas.
Following the refusal, the applicants opted to appeal the decision and a public inquiry was held in April.
But this week planning inspector Keith Manning rejected their appeal.
In his report, he wrote: “The effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area would, in certain respects, impinge on the landscape within which it and the settlement of Stockton is set.
“The consequences of the design and layout proposed by the appellant would be seriously adverse and I consider the impacts of granting planning permission would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.
“On that basis, the proposal is not acceptable in its local context and cannot be said to represent sustainable development.”
Ward member for Long Itchington and Stockton, Coun Dave Riches said: “This is fantastic news, and really does demonstrate that the developer doesn’t always win.
“Local service villages throughout the district have been plagued with planning applications for some time and hopefully this starts to mark a change in the way planning applications are decided.
“Stratford District Council is winning appeals, planning decisions are changing and a Core Strategy is imminent – all of which adds up to a very positive outlook for Long Itchington, Stockton and Stratford district as a whole.”