RESIDENTS are rejoicing after blocking plans for new homes on land at the heart of the Hill House Estate in Stanmore.
More than 300 residents pulled together to object to a proposal to build eight detached properties on undeveloped land behind their homes.
The development would have been reached by an access road running down the side of 67 Drummond Drive, but residents pointed out to developers that a 78-year-old covenant on the property would prevent such a road being built.
It was confirmed last Thursday that Shanly Homes has withdrawn its plans, which was met with relief by campaigners.
Patricia Marshall, 39, of Alton Avenue, said: "We are delighted.
"We were quite confident the covenant would protect us so I'm not surprised by their stance. It has saved lots of unnecessary work on their behalf and the council's.
"However, there is always a threat that another developer could come in."
Campaigner Victor Mishiku, of The Covenant Society, which assisted the residents, said: "Faced with both legal and planning problems, it appears that Shanly Homes have called it a day and the many surrounding residents of three roads can therefore continue to enjoy
their leafy open views from the gardens and upper bedroom windows as they have done for the last 78 years - without a narrow, unserviceable and unneighbourly access road and eight houses on top of them."
Duncan Gibson, planning manager at Shanly Homes, said: "While Shanly Homes remain firmly of the view that we could have delivered a first-class development site at Drummond Drive, we have chosen to withdraw the planning application and explore opportunities elsewhere.
"This decision was taken after seeking further legal advice with respect to the covenant specific to this particular site."