CAMPAIGNERS in Gnosall are hailing a victory after plans to build 150 homes was rejected.
Staffordshire County Council applied to build 150 homes on land south of Stafford Road but residents objected en masse saying it was valuable agricultural land.
They formed an action group, Gnosall Residents against Indiscriminate Developmen (Grid), to fight the proposals.
MP Bill Cash and the parish council objected along with 165 residents. There was also an 844-name petition raised.
Gail Gregory, spokesman for Grid, said: “It’s clear from the wealth of public feeling this was overwhelmingly rejected by the village.
“The majority of those 165 objectors put material planning reasons why this should not go through, sound professional objections rather than emotive ones.
“The borough is in a much stronger position now with the local plan drawing every closer to adoption.
“We were never in any doubt this was not a sustainable proposal because of poor infrastructure and lack of employment in the village and the loss of valuable agricultural land. We are delighted but we live in the real world. We are well aware that they may well appeal but if they do we will be ready for them.”
Refusing the application planning officers said: “The proposal comprises a substantial residential development of a greenfield site outside the residential development boundary of Gnosall.
“It is also inappropriate due to the scale of the proposal in relation to the existing village and is contrary to the spatial principle in the emerging plan for Stafford borough.
“The proposal would necessitate the loss of good quality agricultural land and would constitute a significant intrusion into the open countryside detracting from the intrinsic character and appearance of the surrounding rural area.”
Staffordshire Councillor for Gnosall Mark Winnington said: “There was a strong opposition group but also there residents who could see it would improve the village in terms of keeping the village alive and vibrant. We do need some growth but at the same time I can see there was opposition within certain areas of the village. It was a borough council issue rather than a county issue.”