A plan to build 120 new homes in Beaconsfield has been refused by Buckinghamshire Council.

Planners said Hawridge Strategic Land’s proposed development would ‘result in harm to the Green Belt’.

The developer had applied to build new properties, including affordable and self-build homes, on land at Broad Lane, Holtspur, Beaconsfield.

The six-hectare site comprises a single field in between the A40, Broad Lane, the M40 and Wooburn Green Lane.

Hawridge’s outline application claimed the new homes would ‘assist in meeting Buckinghamshire Council’s housing needs’.

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Its plans included pedestrian and cycle paths, as well as a new pedestrian crossing and an improved crossing along the A40.

There would also have been three linked green spaces within the development, which would have made use of an existing oak tree as a central focal point.

However, a planning officer explained that the development’s harm to the Green Belt would have been contrary to several planning policies.

Their decision notice read: “The harm to the Green Belt by reason of inappropriateness and the other harm identified in the reasons for refusal, is not clearly outweighed by other material considerations such as to constitute the very special circumstances necessary to permit inappropriate development in the Green Belt.”