A spokesperson for DeTrafford said: “The scheme is in line with planning policy and the design has gone through various iterations to ensure that the scheme is well considered and of high design quality.”

Responding to criticisms that the scheme would resemble an unfriendly, gated community the spokesperson added: “We have made every effort to ensure that the development site is accessible to all, with a tree-lined public route through the site’s centre, linking to the public realm and ground floor amenity spaces in the neighbouring Sky, City and St Georges Garden schemes.

“We are obviously disappointed with the decision, however we will consider the comments that have been raised and look at how we might respond, while ensuring that the scheme remains of a high quality and is deliverable.”

Other developments within the wider Gardens site include the 12-storey Sky Gardens, planned to deliver 174 apartments; City Gardens, which is ten storeys high and offers 109 apartments, and the 11-storey, 138-apartment St George’s Gardens. All three schemes, designed by Ollier Smurthwaite, are under construction.