A total of 161 objection letters have been sent in response to a plan to build 45 new residential properties on a nature reserve in Teesside.
In contrast, Stockton Council received only one letter that avidly supported the scheme involving a plot of land located south of Thornaby, near Bassleton Beck Valley.
The land in question, which has always been designated as green wedge, lies within the boundaries of the Tees Heritage Park, although over the years there have been encroachments on the original surrounding fields and woodlands, primarily by development in nearby Ingleby Barwick.
Another planning application, this one for 54 homes to be constructed on the site, was rejected in 2013. Among the reasons cited were a poor highway layout and concern over potential negative impact on the green wedge.
Another application was recently submitted to address these and other regularly voiced concerns. Planning officers recommended its approval, but once again it was refused by the planning committee.
The main objections to the new proposal revolve primarily around the fact that the development is located in the green wedge and will close the gap that remains between Thornaby and Ingleby Barwick.
There also concerns that there is a well-established wildlife population using the site, traffic in the area is also extremely heavy, and that the development will have a negative impact on both the Tees Heritage Park and nearby properties.
In opposing the application, Thornaby Town Council stated that the proposal to develop woodland, green fields, and a wildlife habitat demonstrated little concern for the wellbeing of the community and the environment, and should be opposed and avoided at all cost.