An inquiry will be held into plans for 480 homes on the edge of Grantham after the developer behind the plans appealed against their refusal.
Allison Homes, part of the Larkfleet group, told the Journal in March it would go to appeal when its plan was rejected by the development control committee on South Kesteven District Council.
As well as the homes, the plan includes a primary school, a neighbourhood centre and public open space.
District councillor Ray Wootten, who represents residents who live next to the site, said: “Disappointed, but not unexpected, to read that the developer has submitted an appeal. Over 900 residents objected and large numbers including myself, parish councillors, district councillors, the community and a representative from the National Trust spoke out against this application.
“We were all pleased that the committee refused their plans. Nothing has changed and I trust that when it comes to the appeal a robust case will be put forward so that the same result will be reached by the planning inspector.”
People living near the site or who are thought to be affected by the plans have been sent letters about the inquiry and have been asked to make any views known by Tuesday, July 18.
It is believed the inquiry will not be held until November at the earliest.
A spokesman for Allison Homes said: “I can confirm that Allison Homes has submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate with regard to the district council’s refusal of planning consent for our proposed development at Manthorpe. We are now waiting for a date to be set for the appeal hearing.”