Plans to build six new homes in Yoxall were thrown out by East Staffordshire Borough Council due to "insufficient evidence for housing need" and a "negligible" housing survey.
At a planning meeting on Tuesday, December 12, councillors voted unanimously to refuse the plans from Lichfield firm CT Planning, following an extensive debate.
Yoxall parish councillor Robert Keys said there was no evidence of housing need in the village, and was backed by borough councillor Julia Jessel.
Mr Keys said: "There is no evidence of housing need and the survey is at best negligible.
"The unremarkable design of the houses do not help improve the character of the neigbourhood.
"Also, the need for houses is not just to be carried out in Yoxall but also the surrounding area, as well as those who already live here."
Gary Horovin, a resident in Weaverlake Drive, said there had been a housing need for 40 homes, but now 50 had been given the go-ahead, via the Lioncourt Homes development.
He said that neither the East Staffordshire Local Plan and the Yoxall Neighbourhood Development Plan had earmarked the site for housing.
Mr Horovin said: "The neighbourhood plan was approved by 94 per cent of Yoxall and the housing survey used to approve these houses has only 0.7 per cent of people who responded.
"This could set a precedent if given approval."
Another resident John Finney, said that in 2016 plans for three houses had been refused for the same site after no need was demonstrated.
William Brearley, agent for Lichfield firm CT Planning, said the housing survey distributed to 850 residents was approved by borough council officers while the line of questioning was "very specific" to meet requirements.
Borough councillor Alan Johnson, said residents were not opposed to development but plans had to be appropriate.
He said: "The area would certainly benefit from development, in small amounts, but six affordable homes is too much for this small site and is not needed to meet Yoxall's needs."
Councillor Julia Jessel said approving six homes based on one survey, after hard work which councillors had put in to approve the Local Plan - a development blueprint - was not acceptable.
She said: "I am disappointed that our officers have taken their view to recommend approval for these homes based on this survey.
"Our Local Plan and the Yoxall Neighbourhood Development Plan are supported by a vast amount of evidence and research, based on population projections and data.
"And for the developers to just take a survey which says that this is all a load of rubbish - it is really not acceptable.
"Also, judging the time in which this survey was carried out the developers must not have taken into account the Lioncourt Homes approval for 43 houses.
"And to think that we are supposed to bend over backwards just because these homes are for the over 55s, when there has been no need for bungalows or homes for the over 55s shown, these homes could just as easily go to families and it is often said now that older people want 'walking homes' with stairs.
"I am not convinced by the evidence put forward and I think we have a responsibility to prevent this."
Councillor Jessel proposed that the committee refuse the plans, seconded by Cllr George Allen.
Councillors on the planning committee voted unanimously to reject the plans based on the lack of a need noted in the Local Plan or Yoxall Neighbourhood Development Plan and that the previous Lioncourt Homes approval had not been taken into account.