Plans to build a new 5,000-home town in Cambridgeshire have been rejected by a district council.
5,000 homes are planned for the new settlement in Cambs
The scheme for the Mereham development between the villages of Wilburton and Stretham was refused by members of
East Cambridgeshire District Council.
At a meeting on Wednesday, members backed a recommendation from planning officers that the plans be rejected.
The authority had received objections from neighbouring parish councils who feared a loss of village identity.
The parish councils were also concerned about increases in traffic on nearby roads.