DEVELOPER William Davis has had its application for 34 homes in an exclusive part of Loughborough deferred.
Charnwood Borough councillors came to the conclusion that the proposal for the demolition of four properties in Snells Nook Lane in favour of the new homes could not be accepted in its present form.
Planning officers had concerns about the density of the development, the effect it would have on the badger community and the proposal for an undersized children's play area within the site.
Councillors listened to their concerns at a council planning meeting held on Thursday, May 29, and shared their views.
Coun Jewel Miah said: "I would love to see affordable housing on this site. There seems to be a centralisation of social housing in the centre of town and we need more of a mix and no mixing of class."
His comments for affordable housing in Nanpantan met a different response from Coun Christine Harris, who said: "How practical is that within this site? You have to have the means for that affordability."
She also shared concerns about the size of the development and its position near Charnwood Forest.
She added: "I would be concerned about the number of houses in that area. There seems to be a gradual development creeping into the forest. We have to be careful and aware of large building sites like this."
Coun Ken Jones, who was also very vocal, added: "Who wants a wedge of houses in that place? I think it's wrong."
However, the development was met with a more positive response from Coun Brenda Seaton, who said it "respects and enhances the environment."
Coun Paul Day, chairman of the meeting, also added: "I am not against this development but it should be deferred so these things can be sorted out."
Planning officers are now working with William Davis to conduct a schedule of conditions - all of which will be addressed at a future planning meeting due to take place in a month's time.