Cheshire East Council has won a major planning appeal preventing 189 homes being built on a green field site in Nantwich.
Muller Property Group had proposed the development on a 14 hectare site off Peter Destapleigh Way in Stapeley, on the southern edge of Nantwich.
The proposed development conflicted directly with the Crewe and Nantwich local plan as well as the forthcoming Cheshire East local plan strategy and the Stapeley neighbourhood plan.
The Secretary of State for communities and local government, Sajid Javid MP, concluded that the harm to the character and appearance of the open countryside was too great a sacrifice.
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for housing and planning, said, “I am absolutely delighted that the Secretary of State has dismissed these appeals. If it had been allowed to go ahead, this development would have resulted in the loss of a substantial area of countryside and a considerable amount of versatile agricultural land.
“This Council and many local people – supported by their local MP Edward Timpson – had very serious concerns that this location would have its rural setting eroded but this ruling protects the residents of Stapeley and surrounding countryside.”