Protesters opposed to a large housing development at a former sports’ ground celebrated a “huge victory” after the planning application was refused.

Several of those who have campaigned against the development at Harrow View West, on the old Kodak site, attended the meeting at Harrow Civic Centre on January 24, where the decision was announced.

The proposal, which had been put forward by Persimmon Homes North London, would see at least 425 homes built on the site, with many in three to six storey blocks.

But the planning committee at Harrow Council unanimously voted to refuse the application, sparking scenes of joy in the room.

Pamela Swain, who spoke in front of the committee on behalf of the protesters, said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the outcome.

She said: “We have been fighting this since 2016 and it’s been against the odds from the outset.

“People were crying, clapping and cheering at the decision. It was all very moving and it showed how much it means to us.

“When it was announced that the development would double in size, I was horrified. These spaces need to be protected and the consequences would be damaging.

“This is the first step but it is far from the end of the road. It’s a huge victory and we’re pleased to have got past this first stage.

“It shows that if people stick at it and stand up to these greedy developers, things can be achieved.”

Ms Swain, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years, explained how campaigners were satisfied with the initial plan to build fewer homes there.

She noted how the “greener” plan was much more appropriate and suggested that the developers might return to this.

Persimmon have the opportunity to appeal, while the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, can overrule the council’s decision.

A spokesperson for Persimmon Homes North London said: "We are yet to receive official details of why the application was refused but when we do, we will consider our position further."