VILLAGERS won the day as councillors rejected plans for 11 homes in Waltham Chase against the advice of officers.
The applicant, Heritage Property Group, wanted to develop the back gardens of three detached properties in Bull Lane.
It comes after three similar proposals to rip up the lawns of St Aubyns, Cherry Trees and Fairlawn were thrown out by Winchester City Council.
Around 50 residents wrote to the authority, urging it to reject the latest plans, which came before the planning committee yesterday (Thursday, June 12).
They argued that the development would increase traffic, be too cramped, lacked enough parking, and would overlook nearby properties.
Residents also raised concerns about drainage, reinforced by flash floods in Bull Lane within the last few weeks.
Cllr Linda Gemmell, who represents Waltham Chase, said: “The development is much too cramped for a road like Bull Lane. It is a semi-rural lane and there’s a feeling in the village that this is one development too far.”
Cllr Barry Lipscomb then raised concerns about drainage. Citing the officers’ report, which said giving each house a water butt and using a porous road surface “might” solve the problem, he said more reassurance was needed.
He said: “In terms of the drainage we seem to be getting a message of it will be all right on the night, but that’s not good enough. We need to be certain.”
Cllr Georgina Busher said: “With all due respect, I think the developer has only tweaked the scheme we rejected last time, rather than taking a cold hard look at it and coming back with something different.”
Members then decided by 10 votes to none, with one abstention, to reject the scheme.