Councillors at Rugby Borough Council have refused a planning application to build 47 homes on land off Squires Road in Stretton on Dunsmore.
Cllr Howard Roberts welcomed the refusal following last night’s (Wednesday) planning meeting at the Town Hall.
Cllr Roberts, who represents the village and led the opposition campaign, said: “I am delighted that the planning committee has seen sense and decided not to allow building on the greenbelt. This is a victory for the village but also sends a message to other developers sizing up greenbelt sites in the area that we will fight tooth and nail against any plans to destroy our open spaces.
“The village parish council also deserves great credit. They had the great foresight to undertake a housing needs survey in 2011. This survey has meant that tangible evidence was available to show there was not a need for over a dozen affordable houses in the village, contrary to what the developer claimed.”