Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley has today welcomed the unanimous decision by Redcar and Cleveland planning committee to reject proposals to build 400 homes on land next to Flatts Lane Country Park.
Anna called the decision a 'victory for local democracy' following a community campaign opposing this development.
At the committee meeting Anna joined other members of the community in speaking against the application.
The final verdict of the committee was unanimously against.
"This is an excellent result and I would like to thank the planning committee for listening to the strength of opposition in the local community and to the planning officer’s recommendation.
"This is a victory for local democracy. Over 2000 people signed the petition against this development and many of those also submitted formal objections to the application. It is great to see their efforts paid off.
"New housing developments are always controversial and each has to be judged on its merits. This site, a much valued green space and wildlife habitat, was wholly inappropriate and housing development would have threatened the distinctiveness of the Eston Hills.
"I hope that the developer will take today’s clear message on board and not decide to appeal the verdict. We will continue to stand firm against development on this site."