Plans for a major new gas storage facility in Cheshire have been turned down by a council.
Scottish company King Street Energy had put forward a plan for 10 underground storage cavities and a gas processing plant in Northwich.
The company had told Vale Royal Borough Council that the development was important to combat a national shortage of gas storage.
The plans were initially approved by planning officers but their decision was overturned by the councillors following objections from locals.
Having listened to the objectors, councillors voted against the plan on the grounds of the adverse impact on land designated as open countryside, the harmful impact on local residents and insufficient examination of other sites in the UK to provide gas storage.
A spokesman for the protesters told local media: “The change of heart at Vale Royal planning is welcome news for all residents who value open spaces and have felt disheartened by recent planning applications for gas storage facilities.”
The application will now go before Cheshire County Council.