“The days, weeks and months following this planning decision have been the hardest times of our lives. Trying to process and understand what happened,” the statement said.

“We have lived our lives for so long with such uncertainty, not knowing the next move of the landlord, developer and council and when we would be served notice to leave, yet continuing to farm every single day.

“We are so thankful for the community support, as without you all we certainly wouldn’t have made it this far.

“We are truly sorry that we can not go on fighting, but we can only take so much. We know the community may well continue this fight without us.

“But we as a family are broken, and we have simply had enough.”

Developer Captiva Homes previously said there was a “critical need for new housing, especially affordable housing on the Island” and the development would provide 166 affordable homes to local residents.