Worcestershire villagers who feared plans for a £10 million gas installation would turn a local beauty spot into a terrorist target are celebrating after the complex was refused planning permission.
Concerned residents in Eldersfield have been campaigning against National Grid's planned pressure reduction installation which would have been located a few miles from the village.
But after a lengthy hearing and appeal a planning inspector has now turned down the proposal.
The station, which included 12 eight-metre high chimney stacks, would have been a vital part of a new 122-mile pipeline being built between Swansea and the village.
The pipe would have carried 20 per cent of the UK's gas, and eventually up to 40 per cent - but it will now have to carry much less.
Eldersfield residents said they felt National Grid had kept them in the dark about the plans because the site was to be built just across the border in Corse, Gloucestershire. They were also concerned the installation would have turned the peaceful rural area into a terrorist target.
Forest of Dean District Council joined forces with local resident group Campaign Against Pressure Reduction Installation (CAPRI) to fight the plans.
The council refused permission for the PRI in October last year but National Grid appealed.
After a three-week planning inquiry in April and May, planning inspector Kenneth Smith has concluded the power company did not do enough research into alternative sites.
CAPRI chairman Peter McMurtrie said: "We are delighted that the compelling and comprehensive case presented by CAPRI and by the Forest of Dean District Council against National Grid's proposal has been successful and that planning permission has been refused."
A National Grid spokesman said it was "disappointed" and would be looking carefully at the wording of the refusal before considering its options.