Plans to build more than 750 homes in two separate schemes in Thatcham have been refused on appeal by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Developers were appealing the decision by West Berkshire Council to refuse planning permission to proposals for 495 homes at Siege Cross and 265 at Henwick Park.
The Siege Cross plans, submitted by A2Dominion, were turned down by the council in October 2015 after it was deemed contrary to the authority’s local plan for housing.
The same reason was given for Croudace’s application at Henwick Park in December of the same year.
Both developers appealed to the planning inspector and were given the green light to build in November last year, but Secretary of State Sajid Javid has now stepped in to refuse planning permission.
Hilary Cole, the council’s executive member for planning, said: “I am delighted with the Secretary of State’s decisions regarding the Thatcham appeals.
“They show clear support for the council’s plan-led approach to development.
“In particular, I welcome the finding that our evidence on housing need is realistic and the confirmation that the housing supply situation in West Berkshire is satisfactorily monitored with no significant threat to the delivery of housing across our district.”
The decision came as the council can now demonstrate a five-year supply of housing, something it couldn’t do when the appeal was originally heard in November.
In relation to Siege Cross, Mr Javid did say that the development “would contribute to the economic and social sustainability of the area”, as well as providing up to 198 affordable homes.
He noted that another 90 could be provided at Henwick Park, as well as accepting that it would “contribute to local investment during the construction phase”.
However it was the fact that the council now has a suitable housing supply in place, and that neither of these developments are featured on its housing site allocations, that saw them refused.
Both developers could still yet appeal Mr Javid’s decision and take their case to the High Court.