RESIDENTS are celebrating the news that a controversial housing development has been thrown out for the third time.
Developers had submitted plans to demolish two semi-detached houses in Streetsbrook Road and replace them with ten apartments.
Four applications have been submitted since 2006, causing concern among local residents.
The latest proposals, which went to the planning committee last week, saw 65 letters of objection.
Increased traffic and the scale of the development were among the concerns raised by local people.
Planning officers had recommended that the plans were approved, but members stood by their previous decisions.
Councillor Leela Widger (Lib Dem, Silhill) said: “The application has been rightly rejected.
“The proposal was unsuitable as it would cause unacceptable disruption to local residents.”
And Coun Peter Hogarth (Con, Silhill) said: “There has been over three years of misery and uncertainty for local residents and they deserve this victory.
“I just hope, for the sake of the residents, this is the last we see of these proposals.”
This week’s decision will encourage other residents facing battles to stop ‘garden-grabbing’.
Both the borough’s MPs Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman have criticised these types of development and have spoken in Parliament about the need to change the law.