A PLAN to build more than 20 homes in a village which drew widespread local opposition has been withdrawn.

KH Developments of Cheltenham had applied to build the estate at Gorsley.

Two-fifths of the planned houses, given variously on the application as numbering 25 and 21 units, on a paddock north of Lovers Walk in the village, were to be “a mix of social rent, affordable rent, and shared ownership of low-cost market housing”, the application said.

But the proposal drew more than 40 objections locally, while Linton Parish Council said it “strongly” objected, pointing out that Gorsley “has far exceeded” its new housing targets.

Neighbouring Gorsley and Kilcot Parish Council on the Gloucestershire side also said it was “of the strong opinion that this application should be rejected”, due to its impact on the appearance of the surrounding area, highway safety, flood risk to adjacent properties, and sustainability.

Forest of Dean District Council also objected that the proposal would “create a long frontage of uniform residential development, altering the character of this area”.

Herefordshire Council said the developer’s agent confirmed last week that they will not now be proceeding with the application.