TWO planning permits have been refused by councillors, in order to protect vegetation and prevent "over development" in the region.
A 10-lot subdivision in Kennington, with four public objections, and a three-block subdivision in Maiden Gully, with no public objections, were both rejected by councillors.
They agreed that both developments set the wrong precedent for development in outlying towns.
Councillor Barry Lyon said "council was sending the wrong message" to developers by rejecting the Maiden Gully subdivision.
"We're saying don't bother coming to us, even when you comply with regulations and planning schemes," he said.
But councillors Peter Cox and Rod Fyffe said if they approved the three lot subdivision, it would set the wrong precedent for the regional town.
"It's saying that we want to reduce vegetation, change Maiden Gully quite dramatically, and promote over development," Cr Cox said.
In regards to the 10-lot subdivision in Kennington, he said while council encouraged development, there had to be a balance.
Cr Rod Fyffe rejected both developments and said native vegetation had to be protected. "If we see a loss of amenity, a loss of wildlife, we are poorer for it," he said in regards to the Maiden Gully development.
Cr Helen Leech supported the 10-lot development, saying the revised proposal would help meet the needs of a growing population.
But Cr Rod Campbell said "just because you can fit a certain amount of blocks on a piece of land doesn't mean it's good planning".