CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 260 homes on Gallows Hill have been refused by councillors.
Developers William Davis and Hallam Land Management had applied to build homes on the site near Warwick Castle park, which Warwick District Council officers had recommended be approved.
But members of the district planning committee rejected the proposals.
They said it would take the total number of homes on the Gallows Hill site to 710 – more than the agreed 610 properties.
Councillors also claimed the development would be detrimental to the Castle Park area.
Concerns were also raised about emissions and greenhouse gases.
Gallows Hill has not previously been without controversy after the council originally refused permission for homes to be built on the adjacent site as part of the local plan – which will shape the future of the district up to 2031.
But the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at the time, Greg Clark, agreed with a planning inspector’s decision that 450 homes should be built there.
Officers who compiled the recent report for the proposed 260 homes said: “Taking into account the existing outline permission for 450 homes on the adjacent site, this scheme would result in the provision of up to 710 dwellings, 80 over the original allocation.
“The site is located in a sustainable area and the additional dwellings would not result in an over provision which would be detrimental to the overall strategy of the plan.”