The threat of almost 50 houses being built in Linslade reared its head once again when developers decided to appeal Central Beds Council’s refusal.
But a change of heart has left Linslade residents breathing a sigh of relief as Compton Developments decide to pull out of the appeal.
The residential development of up to 49 two-storey houses with an estate road and open space on the land north of Leighton Road/Soulbury Road was refused in January on the grounds that the area lies within the South Beds Green Belt.
The council felt that the proposed development would “erode the openness” of the green belt and would be “an intrusion into the countryside, detrimental to its appearance and rural character”.
The potential to cause irreversible harm to the archaeological remains from pre-Historic Roman and Medieval times, as well as its “hazardous” effect on road users, were also named in the reasons for refusal.
Neighbours of the site contacted the council regarding their opinion, with 40 against and one in favour.
Wilbraham Associates on behalf of Compton Developments, who had contacted the council to appeal its decision last month, said: “My client has decided not to continue with the appeal and I have written to the Inspectorate to that effect.”