Councillors delayed giving final backing for 120 homes to be built in Bracebridge Heath near Lincoln.
The proposal by Linden Homes would see the new houses built off Canwick Avenue and Westminster Drive in the village.
But councillors on North Kesteven District Council’s planning committee decided to defer the proposal after concerns over density, house designs and integration of affordable housing.
A total of 22 two-bedroom, 37 three-bedroom and 61 four-bedroom homes would be built as part of the development.
The authority gave outline approval to the scheme back in November 2015.
But Councillor Ian Carrington raised concern over the appearance of the layout and whether it was in keeping with the character of the area.
“I am still not convinced with the house designs that we see and if they live up to the existing designs in the environment,” he said.
“There is not a great deal of variety in these house styles.”
He added that it was “very sad” to see a scheme brought before the council that was “unimaginative” in mitigating climate change. The authority declared a climate emergency last week.
Meanwhile, Councillor Lindsey Cawrey described the development as “not fit for purpose”.
“I am very disappointed that the house types do not reflect the local area,” she said.
Concern was also raised over the integration of affordable housing with market housing on the site.
Georgina McCrae, Linden Homes, said the homes would help with local need and that the development was “sustainable”.
SUBSCRIBE TO LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEKLY, our exclusive email newsletter with highlights from our coverage every week and insights and analysis from our local democracy reporters.