DEVELOPERS have lost their fight for proposed flats in Huddersfield.
Protesters are celebrating after an appeal against the refusal of planning permission was rejected.
Quest Property wanted to build 44 flats on the site of the demolished JCT motor showroom in Somerset Road, Almondbury.
But appeal inspector Stuart Nixon has come down against two schemes on the drawing board.
He said: "Both sets of appeal proposals constitute a radical change to the character and appearance of the locality."
The ruling comes after a public inquiry at Huddersfield Town Hall last month.
Kirklees Council said the flats would be "overbearing".
Earlier, nearby residents said the four-storey block was much too big.
Judith Wynn, who lives directly behind the site in Benomley Road, said: "It would not be in keeping with the surroundings of Almondbury village."
The developers had argued at the inquiry that the flats were not out of scale with the surrounding area.
Mr Nixon said he agreed there were strong arguments in favour of re-using the land for homes.
But he said the plans would have had an adverse impact on the area's character and appearance.
The car showroom closed in 2001, when the business was transferred to other sites in the JCT group.