Bloor Homes plans for 168 new homes on Stansted farmland refused by Uttlesford District Council
A controversial planning application to build 168 homes on farmland to the north of Stansted has been refused.
Developer Bloor Homes had lodged an appeal on the grounds of planning authority Uttlesford District Council's non-determination of its application, but it came too late as UDC pressed ahead with its decision-making and turned down the scheme.
Campaigners are delighted that the farmland off Pennington Lane had gained a reprieve, although the developer is expected to appeal against the decision.
Save Stansted Village chair and parish councillor James Hogg said: "This is a great outcome by any measure and we couldn't be in a better position at this stage of the process.
"I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen. Be sure, your efforts were critical to achieving this.
"I would also like to thank our councillors at all levels who have given us, and the community, their unswerving support. There is no doubt that their input and work behind the scenes have also been instrumental."
Earlier this month, opponents of the scheme called on UDC to hurry up and make a decision before the plans fell foul of non-determination rules, opening the door for Bloor to appeal.
The council's refusal notice was issued without the matter going before its planning committee. In it, UDC said it had received almost 1,500 responses from the public.
Detailing its reasons for refusal, the authority said the plans were out of keeping with the area, did not represent sustainable development, there was insufficient information on the highways and health impacts, and "the proposal would present visually a harmful urbanisation of the site".
It concluded: "The development would erode a distinctive open rural landscape area of significant importance to the character of this area of Stansted."