Campaigners fighting plans to build houses on countryside land in a Doncaster village are celebrating after councillors rejected the development.
The decision by Doncaster Council planning committee means 60 homes cannot now be built on greenfield land – and nearby residents now hope it could mean proposals for another 400 homes will also be binned.
Committee members voted six to five to block an application for the development on Doncaster Road, Hatfield, after ruling it was inappropriate in a Countryside Policy Area. The ward’s councillors – who attended the planning meeting to speak out against the proposals – called it ‘a victory for common sense’.
The developers Gladedale Estates are understood to be considering whether to appeal the decision that had been recommended for approval ahead of the planning meeting.
The report said the development was justified as it would provide opportunities for major new infrastructure provision and job creation.
Plans for a separate 400 home development on the same area of countryside land were submitted last year but following the latest refusals campaigners are optimistic it will also be refused.
Councillors Pat Knight, Pat Haith and Linda Curran said in a joint statement: “We have always opposed new homes on green fields along Doncaster Road.
“There are enough sites to have over 1,000 new homes in this area without this daft proposal. Thanks to the representations from Labour councillors, supported by our MP Caroline Flint and hundreds of local residents, the planning committee saw sense.
“We hope Gladedale Estates have the good grace to withdraw their bad plan and look at the many other sites in Doncaster where we would welcome new homes.
“Our fear was that if they approved this planning application it would open the door for the larger development which would destroy the countryside in Hatfield.”
The decision at the planning meeting comes after residents were left outraged when plans were announced to build 400 houses by developer Hallam Land Management.
Speaking after the plans were announced Stanley Mee, 62, who lives in Doncaster Road with his partner Philomena Cavanagh, 58, said: “We have been here for seven years.
“At the end of the day we bought this property because we are overlooking farmers’ fields and the wildlife that’s in them.
“Everybody is really angry. We’re talking about getting a pressure group together.
“It’s going to be a humongous development.”
Residents have made complaints about issues and problems including the impact the proposed development could have on traffic, views, wildlife and house prices.
A Gladedale Estates spokesperson said: “We have been working very closely with the council and are disappointed at the committee’s decision. We are currently reviewing our position regarding an appeal.”
A spokesman for developer Hallam Land Management, based in Sheffield, was unavailable for comment.