Residents living around Acre Lane in Bromborough were left dismayed after last night's meeting of the Planning Committee voted 7:6 in favour of approving the plan for 217 houses on the site of the former Bromborough Secondary School.
In spite of petitions backed by more than 1,000 residents asking for the plans to be amended, all seven Labour councillors on the committee voted to give the green light to the plan.
Local campaigner Des Drury said: "The residents and members of the local action group, including Labour's former candidate for Eastham, should be congratulated for their hard work to make this plan more acceptable to the local community. Sadly, their campaign did not swing any of the seven Labour councillors and so this plan, with all the worries over traffic and access, was approved."
The six councillors who voted to support the residents were four Conservatives, a Liberal Democrat and a Green.
Earlier today, Des wrote to almost 1,200 residents living near the site to advise them of the outcome of the meeting.