Residents protest against the proposed development in Arreton. From left Pat Prince, Alison Hayden, Kacie Hayden and Caroline Legg.Picture by Peter Boam.
PLANS to build 89 homes in Arreton have been refused by the Isle of Wight Council.
A planning application for a new development on land at Hazely Combe was submitted by Laurence Calloway earlier this year.
It sparked fierce opposition from residents, who set up Arreton Villagers Against Development (AVAD) opposing the plans and the application was this week turned down by Isle of Wight Council officers.
A refusal notice said the scale and site area of the proposal would be significantly out of keeping and would encroach into the countryside.
It also said the application was not supported by sufficient information to demonstrate the need for the number, type and size of homes proposed.
Campaigner Alison Hayden, who has lived in Arreton for nearly 23 years and now sits on the parish council, said people power had prevailed.
She said: "This development has brought the whole village together as a community and we have spoken with one voice.
"This development has been hanging over the village for the last eight or nine months and this latest news comes as a huge relief.
"You cannot increase the size of the village by half overnight without some impact on the village."
As previously reported, opponents and supporters packed a public meeting earlier this year, where there was a police presence because feelings were reported to be running high.
Planning consultant Geoff Prince said the development would help the Island meet its target of affordable houses in rural areas where there were services.
Speaking this week, he said: "We are extremely disappointed and we are considering our options."