Campaigners fail to get South Lakeland housing vote
Campaigners have failed to get a south Cumbrian council to hold a public vote on plans to build thousands of new homes.
South Lakeland District Council is finalising guidelines which will allocate land for development over the next 15 years.
A petition with more than 3,000 signatures objecting to the proposals triggered the debate.
The council held a two-hour discussion on Wednesday but did not change policy.
Dennis Reed, from the campaign group Green Spaces, said: "I'm disappointed but am not surprised.
"It was always going to be the case that the Liberal Democrats would go with the whip and have a block vote.
"But for us the battle goes on."
The development plan document will now go before an independent inspector later this year.