A plan for seven houses in Findon has been turned down by councillors on the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.
Full planning permission was being sought for the houses in the grounds of a now-demolished 1950s bungalow called Ceolmara on Findon Road. The site is on the western edge of the coastal village, with closely-planted trees, including some which are subject to a tree preservation order.
The application attracted strong opposition from many residents.
Among the objections were comments that the removal of the trees – mainly sycamore – would change the character of the village. Other comments were based on overdevelopment, inadequate road access, and the fact that the new access road would impinge on to the Green Belt.
A similar application was refused in 2009, and another application in 2010 for seven houses was subsequently withdrawn.
Councillors voted by six to four to refuse. North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison said: “Planning officers recommended approval though they conceded it contravened the Green Belt policy by building on agricultural land. The case was finely balanced, but in the end I was not convinced this plan should be approved.”