I think it's great when a planning department is able to take a stand and made developers think twice before doing whatever they want to do.
It was about time. Local authorities are frequently pitifully weak in their dealings with developers. There is a powerful narrative that the public sector is a brake on economic growth, which councils feel the need to disprove. Attracting "inward investment" and promoting "economic growth" for the area, even if that means kicking out locals, become the only real factors in decisions about the future of our cities. Everything else can be compromised. Affordable housing, truly public spaces, the future of a community pub? All of these can be brushed aside, because to fight for them would be to stand in the way of "progress".