Redrow revised the scheme because of changed economic circumstances. It cut the number of affordable homes on the site to 18 and declined to agree any further Section 106 payments towards local infrastructure costs and public services.

The company argued that if it agreed to what the council wanted it would have made the scheme unviable.

Councillors refused the revised scheme on the grounds that it was unviable anyway.

But planning inspector Clive Sproule said: “Due to its location, the nature of the development and the benefits that flow from it, the appeal scheme would plainly be a sustainable form of development.”

He said that while the amount of affordable housing would not be of the proportion normally sought by the council—and previously approved—its “likely delivery” provided significant weight in favour of the scheme.

“Allowing the proposal would not be an example of getting development moving at any cost,” said Mr Sproule.

Redrow have already agreed to pay Section 106 payments of £20,080 towards a nearby play area, as well as £123,313 towards primary school education in the area.