A plan to build a huge waste plant near Corby has been halted by the borough council.
The application for the plant, on the Brookfield Plantation on the outskirts of town, was disposed of on legal grounds.
Corby Borough Council said developer Gretton Brook Estates Ltd had failed to provide an adequate Envrionmental Impact Statement.
The disposal means council officers will no longer work on the application. Gretton Brook Estates will not be able to appeal.
However, they can submit a fresh application, apply for a judicial review or go to the Local Government Ombudsman.
More than 1,200 people had signed a petition against the scheme, 500 formal objections were submitted and hundreds took to the streets to protest.
Conservative Councillor Rob McKellar, who has played a key role in the campaign against the waste plant, said: “This is such fantastic news and is quite frankly the best Christmas present I could have asked for.
“I cannot describe how thrilled I am with the decision. The campaign to save the Brookfield Plantation and stop the Waste Plant is by no means over as the developers do still have the right to submit a fresh application.
“One thing is for sure though – we will be ready for them and we really will fight them on the beaches. Every step of the way there will be objection after objection, protests, petitions and legal challenges. We will not rest until the Brookfield Plantation is safe and our home is protected from becoming the dumping ground for the East Midlands.”
The failure of the planning application means that Gretton Brook Estate will now have an option to rescind its contract with Tata Steel to buy the Brookfield Plantation.