A proposal to develop part of a leafy area of Solihull is to be decided by a Government inspector after the plan was thrown out by local councillors.
Developer Parkridge Homes has appealed against the decision to block its application to build 23 luxury apartments on a site located on Old Station Road and Meriden Road in Hampton-in-Arden.
Coun Les Kyles, the chairman of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's planning committee, said the proposal was rejected as it was not in keeping with the local area.
However, the developer claims the application was within guidelines set out by the council for new building projects.
Coun Kyles (Con Knowle) has vowed that the council will defend themselves at a future planning inquiry.
He added: "This application was refused because the committee thought it was out of character with the local area and was over-bearing.
Coun Kyles said the council would allow proposals that did not "diminish the local area" or displayed a good design.
He also expressed concern that national planning guidance gives developers rights to build not only on the properties that they demolish, but also their gardens.
Speaking of the increase in new housing developments in Solihull, he said: "People want to live in Solihull. It is the same as Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, it is a nice area. These planing laws allow developments to take place.
"More developments take place because the Government wants us to build in urban areas, not on greenbelt land."
The Hampton-in-Arden proposal is situated on a brownfield site within the residential boundary of the village.
Parkridge Homes ( Midlands) Ltd managing director Leon Evans said: "Our aim is to consult local residents and key representatives of the community to understand and address issues prior to the submission of any planning application.
"Parkridge has worked extremely hard to ensure the scheme for this site is in keeping with the local surroundings and satisfies the stringent requirements of urban designers appointed by the council."
Mr Evans said the development complied with Government density guidelines.