A SCHEME for 22 houses has been shelved amid concerns of overcrowding.
Borough council planners were due to decide on the proposal, earmarked for land next to 36 Overpool Road, Ellesmere Port, at their last meeting.
Submitted by the Land Planning Partnership, the scheme included an access road to the properties.
But it was deferred by the council's planning committee so they could negotiate further with the applicants.
A council spokesman said: 'The committee were concerned about the density of the proposed houses on the west end of the plot, overlooking the other homes.'
A decision will be taken at a future planning meeting, he added.
The committee had been urged by the planning department to accept the scheme, but on a number of conditions.
These included access, drainage, bin storage, site fencing, landscaping, parking and the prohibition of windows in side elevations.
Dwellings would comprise two semi-detached bungalows and 20 two-bedroomed back-to-back houses They would be accessed off Over-pool Road, between Nos 32 and 36, and would require a 110m driveway to reach them.
Thirty parking spaces would be provided, with two pumping stations for foul and surface water drains.
Of the 48 neighbouring properties consulted, six replied.
They objected on the grounds of over-development, loss of privacy and light, over-dominance, visual intrusion, adverse affect on the area's character, exacerbation of existing drainage/flooding problems, loss of foliage, increased noise/disturbance, inadequate number of parking spaces and highway safety.
They also commented on the potential for increased crime and disorder because of the site's position near the Overpool Road shops and the lack of security.
The planners, in their report to the committee, said: 'The application site at present contributes very little to the amenity of the area.
'So this scheme is acceptable.'