Hopes of building three new detached homes on a village nursery site have been dashed.
Tendring District Council (TDC) has refused outline planning permission for the application put forward by Parkers Nurseries in Frinton Road, Thorpe.
The site is currently grassland and enclosed by hedging and the aim was to have an access centrally on the road frontage.
TDC is now close to achieving its five year housing supply of land and in a better position to resist development outside the settlement boundary.
In this case it was felt that the environmental harm of the scheme outweighs the social and economic benefits.
Thorpe Parish Council opposed the proposal on a number of grounds and no other letters of representation were received.