A proposition for a “garden village” with 2,000 homes close to Little Sutton in Cheshire is licking its wounds following a rejection by the strategic planning committee of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

However, it is not all bad news for the developers who drew up the proposition, so there will yet be a number of new home extensions in the Chester and Cheshire West area.

The Redrow Homes plan, thought to based on Port Sunlight Village, featured proposals for new shops, a primary school with parks and access to cycle and walk ways.

The authority, however, had received a petition with 3,244 signatures, along with a petition with around 400 objection letters

Some of the issues put forward were serious traffic problems, damage to the environment and wildlife, and pressure on schools and doctors. Environmental and wildlife groups had further expressed concerns as well, and over 200 people attended the meeting at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.

Planning officers had given a recommendation for its approval, however, and a Redrow spokesman said:

“We are disappointed with the planning committee’s recommendation to defer the decision regarding our outline planning application at Ledsham Road, Little Sutton, particularly as the application had been recommended for approval by the local authority officers.”

However, the spokesman went on to say that the company has been given detailed planning permission for the building of 145 homes on the site and that it looks forward to beginning development work and providing new housing in the area.