A housing scheme in Wrenbury in east Cheshire has been given approval, following an appeal by Arena Housing Association.
The housing association and developer MCI Developments propose to build 14 affordable two and three bedroom homes on 1.5 acres off New Road in the village of Wrenbury.
Cheshire East Council's planning committee refused the application despite planning officers recommending the proposals be approved.
Acting on behalf of Arena Housing, Manchester-based Mosaic Town Planning won an appeal against Cheshire East Council for the plans to go ahead.
Daniel Whitney, a planning consultant at Mosaic Town Planning, said: "At the appeal it was accepted by both parties that there was a need for affordable housing. The 2010 Cheshire East Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) states that there is a net annual requirement for 1,243 affordable units across Cheshire East until 2014.
"The Inspector argued that the proposed 'rural exception' site was in a sustainable location and that there were no appropriate brownfield sites, contrary to the Council's reason for refusal.
"In addition, the full costs of the appeal process were awarded to Arena Housing Association due to the Council's unreasonable behaviour which resulted in wasted expense. In particularly, the Council relied heavily on an unallocated brownfield site coming forward despite no application being received at the time of the decision."
McInerney Homes was originally involved in the project before going into administration, along with seven other companies within the McInerney Group in April this year.