Plans for a development of 300 homes off Warwick Road in Banbury were refused last Thursday.
Members of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee followed officers’ recommendations and turned down the proposal, submitted by Miller Homes.
It involved a site west of Warwick Road between North Oxfordshire Academy and the Drayton Leisure Golf Centre.
Officers had recommended rejecting the plans on several grounds, including the impact on the landscape of the proposed 20-metre high safety net to prevent golf balls flying from the range into the new housing development.
Town Mayor Nicholas Turner, lease holder of Drayton Leisure Golf Centre and tenant of the land which the proposal involved, attended the meeting in a private capacity as an objector.
He said: “I’m really relieved that the planning committee agreed with my objections.
“If the proposal had gone through we would not have been able to keep our licence for live music and without that we would have had to look at whether the business is actually viable.”
Mr Turner added the club also plays an important part in the community. “
There aren’t many places where the public can just turn up and play golf without being a member, so I’m very relieved Banbury is not losing this community facility,” he said.
However, the refusal has caused outrage among Hanwell Fields Development Action Group (HFDAG) members, who feel the plans should have gone ahead.
The group’s founderAntony Watts said: “There is no justification to refuse this proposal.
“Warwick Road was on previous plans and then it just disappeared.
It’s an uncoordinated mess.”
HFDAG is now considering putting in an appeal to the Ombudsman regarding the way the council has dealt with the whole issue of housing need and subsequent planning applications.