Campaigners have been left reeling after rejected plans to build 51 homes in Wingerworth were approved on appeal.
Rippon Homes’ proposals for the properties on green land off Nethermoor Road and Deerlands Road have been given the green light by the Planning Inspectorate.
NE Derbyshire District Council threw out the plans last year but planning inspector Richard Clegg has allowed the developer’s appeal for the development.
Jeff Patrick, chair of campaign group Wingerworth Residents Against Greenfield Erosion (WRAGE), said: “Everyone is very disappointed with this news which comes after a long, hard battle.
“I’m sure this development will have a negative impact on the local environment.
“There doesn’t seem any valid reason for building on a greenfield site when there are lots of brownfield sites in the area.”
Mr Patrick added that a petition against the proposals attracted 1,000 names.
In October, district council planning chiefs ruled that the scheme would create a “prominent intrusion” into the countryside and would not fit in with the wider development of the area.
But in his decision letter, Mr Clegg said: “The development would not be unduly prominent and it would not appear as an intrusion in the landscape on this side of Wingerworth.”
He added that the scheme would help meet a “significant shortage” of land for housing in NE Derbyshire.
Rippon Homes confirmed that construction work on the new homes is due to start next spring.
John Jones, managing director at Rippon Homes, said: “We are pleased that planning permission has been granted for the new development.
“The planning inspector highlighted that our proposed development is in keeping with the character and appearance of the local area, which are elements we strove to achieve when designing the new homes.
“We believe this development will provide many benefits for Wingerworth.
“The development will feature 20 affordable new homes to suite various ages and members of the community.
“It is our policy to provide jobs for the local labour force where possible.”