A six-year fight over property giant Peel's plans to build 600 homes on land on the edge of Worsley came to a halt in the High Court yesterday.

The plans submitted by Peel Investments (North) Limited, part of Peel L&P, were dismissed in a High Court ruling.

The High Court upheld two decisions by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to reject the proposed new homes at Broadoak in Worsley, Salford.

The scheme would have used an area of non-greenbelt land for family homes, public green spaces and a site for a new primary school, say Peel.

The development included a new marina on the Bridgewater Canal. Thirty per cent of the homes were designated for affordable ownership and rent.

Planning for Broadoak was first refused by Salford City Council in 2013. Peel L&P argued that the need to urgently address housing deficiencies should prevail and that Salford’s Unitary Development Plan was out of date.

However, the judge has ruled that the national policy on housing supply relates to numbers only and that the end date of Salford’s plan is not an issue.

Louise Morrissey, Director of Land & Planning at Peel L&P said: “Salford’s housing supply is not meeting the needs of families with children and people on affordable housing waiting lists.

“Our plan for Broadoak not only offers a choice of quality family and affordable homes and will also provide for a new primary school and public green spaces for residents, creating jobs and support Worsley’s growing profile for tourism and heritage.

“We’re disappointed in the court’s decision as it appears to go directly against the aim of tackling the housing crisis by building the right homes in the right places. We will carefully review the judgement to consider our next steps.”