CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 200 new homes in the Forest have been thrown out by planners.
More than 1,000 people signed a petition and 300 wrote letters against the proposals for Driffield Road, Allaston Road and Court Road.
The plan by Allaston Developments Ltd included 200 new homes, including 20 self- build plots and up to 37 retirement apartments, a community building and new public open space with new access roads.
But the development was deemed in the wrong place by councillors.
Officers told the meeting it was a site outside their development plan, which earmarks sites to build on over the next five years.
Objector Owen Stewart the out of town site was in an inaccessible location, as well as unnecessary, contrary to development policy and unsustainable.
He said: “The report must have been written by an Olympic athlete. The average person would find it very difficult to cycle or walk up this hill.”
Lydney town councillor Brian Thomas said the development could also mean “major traffic problems and jams” particularly between Primrose Hill Way and the church.
But Paul Fong from application agent, Hunter Page planning, said he did not believe that the housing supply earmarked by the council for the next five years was deliverable.
He said: “This is being bought forward by a local resident. It will be delivered by a consortium of local builders and therefore will come forward quickly.
“There is clearly enough room there to take it to 300 houses and that is not the intention here and the applicant is happy to give up the land.”
Councillor Norman Stephens said: I like the density being lower than the density we all seek. There are a number of admirable things going for this, but it is just too far from policy for me.”
Councillor Val Hobman added: “There are good things in here and if it had been anywhere else, I probably would have voted for it, but I will be voting against it.”
Members of the public gave the councillors a round of applause when 13 voted to refuse it and one abstained.