PROTESTERS are celebrating after plans to build 92 homes in Scissett were rejected.
Wakefield-based Oakes Estates wanted to build on land off Wakefield Road, but councillors yesterday refused the application.
Oakes Estates claimed the development would provide affordable housing for first-time buyers.
But the detached, semi-detached and town houses would have been built on a green field site. This prompted Kirklees councillors to rule against the plans.
They warned however, that government guidelines on the number of new houses needed in Kirklees, will mean some green field sites are built on.
Pressure group Save Our Scissett (SOS) said they would carry on fighting any proposed developments in the area.
Spokesman John Livesey said the council decision was fair because in there had been 330 houses built in the Denby Dale ward in the last three years.
"We are obviously very pleased with the decision and the large majority of councillors who sided with us," he said.
"We are not being petty here. We have had a huge number of new developments in our area.
"We do understand the need for housing but we had to oppose this plan because before long this rural village would have become suburbia. It had to stop somewhere.
"I would imagine the applicants will appeal against this decision but we have won this time and I am confident we will win again."
SOS caused long traffic tailbacks in Scissett on Tuesday evening when they marched with banners along Wakefield Road.
Heckmondwike Labour Clr David Sheard, said he was not against the proposal to build on the land but the number of houses that would be available for rent.
"Out of the 92 houses they plan to build, only two will be available for rent," he said.
"I don't think that will help anyone.
"We need more homes especially ones like these, which would be subsidised and ideal for first-time buyers."
He added: "I am against the plans as they stand but do not have a great deal of sympathy. Many of the people who are against the plans will have moved into new developments in the area in the last 10 years."