IT IS a victory for people-power after plans to build a Grand Designs-style home were refused.
Kent-based developer Alan Dawes had put in the plans for a house on land he owns off Britannia Way in Gosport.
We are all very delighted. There was robust response against the application from residents, councillors and the officers.John Hudson
But people living near the site, which is a former cordite magazine, were opposed to both the original plans and an amended version.
In a desperate bid to stop the development, residents banded together to buy a piece of land next to the site from Barratt David Wilson Homes, with the aim of making access difficult should permission be granted.
But it was turned down unanimously by Gosport Borough Council planners.
At a regulatory board meeting at the council, protester John Hudson gave a deputation on behalf of more than 100 people against the plans.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Hudson added: ‘We’re all delighted.
‘There was a robust response against the application from residents, councillors and the officers.’
More than 65 public comments were received on the amended plans with the majority objecting.
One of the main reasons people opposed the plan was to protect wildlife at the site including badgers, deer and great crested newts.
Mr Hudson said: ‘The area has been preserved for wildlife by the council and we were keen to keep it as a nature reserve.’
Speaking during the meeting, council leader Mark Hook praised the residents for banding together and buying the land.
It is now the third time Mr Dawes has seen his plans for the modern, three-bedroom eco-home rejected.
Last October, the council refused the plans which were refused again by an independent government inspector following an appeal.
When contacted by The News, Mr Dawes did not want to comment.