Residents of Anne’s Walk in Caterham have been left devastated after a housing developer’s appeal to build on land next door was upheld.
Shanly Homes’ proposal to use Anne’s Walk as access to land, which is to be developed, was rejected by Tandridge District Council (TDC) in July, but the decision was upheld on 20 December.
The Government inspectorate visited the 36-house Cul-De-Sac on 26 November, and Shanly Homes plan to build 39 houses on the designated site.
The land to be developed on was previously a horse field, which had green belt status but this has not been renewed.
Residents have thanked TDC for their support in not allowing the land to be built on, and have said the decision will not dent their community spirit.
One Anne’s Walk resident said: “I certainly think we should be saying that despite the regrettable outcome we thank the strong local support and it shows what a good community Caterham is and local councillors and members of Tandridge planning committee helped our cause.
“We should also mention that there is a chink of light with a further planning application currently before the council which doesn’t result in our cul-de-sac turning into a through road and we await the outcome.
“Whatever the future of the street, we are still a strong community.”
Shanly Homes were contacted for comment, and have said an official statement will follow.