PLANNERS have thrown out a “back garden development” after the developer ignored their request to change the plans.
Andrew Cockayne wanted to build five detached houses on land in Oulton Road, Stone but the proposals breached Stafford Borough Council’s space about dwelling (Sad) guidelines.
Some 11 residents objected saying it would lead to a loss of character in the area, along with concerns about noise, size and crowding.
In August the authority’s planning committee asked Mr Cockayne to change the layout but he told planning officers the scheme would enhance the area and he would appeal if the application was refused.
Resident Granville Styler said it was a greenfield site.
“This development is not in keeping with the area,” he said. “For the developer to say this an enhancement is deceptive humbug.”
Ward councillor Philip Leason said: “The application is nothing more than cramming.
"It breaches some of the standards, it is overdevelopment of the site and would have serious privacy implications.”
Speaking for the residents Councillor Philip Jones said: “Undoubtedly this is over-intensification of the site.
"It breaches the council’s own rules.”
Councillor Geoff Collier was the only member of the committee to back the plans, proposing unsuccessfully they be approved.
Proposing the application be refused Councillor Barry Stamp said: “This is just too much on this site.
"When the committee does refer items back and don’t get the answer they particularly wanted, then they shouldn’t cave in.”
Labour councillors Bill Simpson and Malcolm Millichap both backed the plans at the first meeting but changed their minds and voted to refuse it.