DEVELOPERS have been awarded costs totalling £67,000 against Cheshire West and Chester Council.
They arose in an appeal launched by Fox Strategic Land and Property and architects Johnstone Godfrey, both of which are based in Cheshire.
The developers told planning officers at the council they were seeking outline permission for up to 150 new homes, including 45 affordable, on farmland on the edge of Cuddington close to the junction of the A49 and the A556 Chester road.
It had previously been allocated for housing.
Planning officers recommended approval but councillors voted to reject the scheme.
The developers then made a successful appeal with the inspector granting permission after an inquiry.
An application was made for costs on the basis the council had behaved unreasonably in preventing development which should have been permitted.
It was also argued the proceedings had been prolonged by a further reason for refusal which the developers claimed was ‘wholly unsubstantiated’.
The council insisted it had not behaved unreasonably and had put forward evidence as to the implications of allowing a large housing scheme in the countryside.
The inspector found, however, the developers had been put to unreasonable expense and awarded costs.