A controversial plan to put 70 new homes on land in Great Bowden has been turned down by Harborough council planners - despite the pressure to build more houses in the district.
The scheme from Redrow Homes had proposed the new estate on land off Berry Close in the village.
But at a planning committee meeting last week, councillors decided the scheme would not only harm the character of the area, but - crucially - fill the small gap separating Great Bowden village fromMarket Harborough.
Villagers feared that the new development would push the pretty village towards being a town suburb.
Parish council chairman Paul Claxton has told the Mail: “That will never happen, as long as I’m drawing breath.”
Local district councillor Phil Knowles said he was pleased at the decision, but warned “the builder could still take this to appeal”.