Concerns about a large block of flats being developed in the heart of Pinner have finally been put to rest.
Despite the three storey scheme for Marsh Road being denied planning permission, housing developers asked for a public inquiry.
However, after a nervy few weeks awaiting the news, the planning inspectorate yesterday dismissed the appeal.
The decision has been welcomed by more than 1,400 protestors who campaigned against the proposals - especially Howard Lamb and Sally Azzoni who spearheaded the campaign.
Mr Lamb, who owns the Lamb Chiropractic Clinic next to the proposed site, and practice manager Mrs Azzoni were concerned the flats would not be in keeping with the surrounding area and feared that much of the wildlife living in the area, including hedgehogs, would die out as well.
Mrs Azzoni said: "This is fantastic news for the residents of Pinner, many of whom were concerned that the areas character would be further eroded by continual garden grabbing from a succession of developers.
"Harrow Council had already rejected planning permission for this development and strong support from residents made a big difference in the outcome of the appeal decision.
"We managed to collect a petition of over 1,400 names of local residents that opposed the development, and many put up posters and billboards in their front gardens so that the inspector was aware of their strong opposition to the development. "
The planning inspector, Jean Russell, objected to the plans primarily on the grounds that the flats would be too bulky and out of character in respect to the surrounding houses.