A housing estate plan for a village rejected TWICE by the council is set to be given the green light by the Scottish Government.

Only last month every South Ayrshire councillor attended a special full council meeting and unanimously refused the bid to erect 85 properties in Brewlands Road, Symington.

Now the Scottish Government said it is minded to grant planning permission in principle following an appeal by the applicants.

Kyle councillor Arthur Spurling said: “What is the point in democracy if our decisions are there to be ripped apart? This council has rejected the development not once, but twice.

“We sent a very clear message that it was not right for Symington.

“But the government overturning our decision sends out the message that people can get what they want, when they want.”

Councillor Hugh Hunter blasted: “The Scottish Government has overturned the council’s decision. So much for local democracy.

“Usually it involves windfarms. The Scottish Government priorities take priority.”

Villagers packed into the special meeting at County Buildings in March to object to the housing plan.

They fear their historic settlement would be transformed into a commuter zone.

There were also concerns about traffic, noise pollution and the impact on local services.

The land in question is currently used for grazing cows and sheep.

There were 28 objections including one lodged by Symington Community Council.

Simon Dean, of Gladman Developments, told councillors the new homes were needed to address a lack of housing in the area.

Council officers said the proposal is contrary to the local development plan.

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance said there is a risk of flooding.