MP Mike Hall has congratulated campaigners who fought off plans for a development which they say would have destroyed the Green Belt.
Last week, the Chronicle revealed Network Rail and National Grid Transco, which wanted to build a substation the size of three rugby pitches on land between Acton Bridge and Weaverham, had decided not to lodge an appeal against Vale Royal Borough Council's decision to reject the controversial scheme.
Instead it said it would be looking at alternate sights, sparing a costly public inquiry into an appeal.
Members of the Substation Action Group (SAG), set up to fight the proposals, hope that will be the end of the matter, as they believe alternative sites will prove suitable.
Mr Hall, who supported the long campaign, said: 'The fact they haven't appealed is, I believe, a recognition by NR and NGT that they would stand little chance of winning an appeal because of the strength of local feeling.
'That's all credit to SAG and the quality of the campaign the group has fought.
'SAG's campaign has been very skilfully led by chairman Glen Gidley who was the driving force behind it.
'I would give credit, too, to Vale Royal Borough Council for standing up for its own plans to protect the Green Belt.
'Vale Royal has set in place a framework to do that, and this has been the biggest test of it.'
He said he was hopeful that would be the last people in the villages had to worry about.
Speaking this week, Mr Gidley said: 'We believe that the no appeal decision only happened as a result of the opposition mounted by SAG and its many supporters, and clearly NR and NGT misjudged the anger and determination of local people.'
He said he hoped SAG's efforts, along with the two parish councils, Weaverham Trust and the help and support of hundreds of local residents, would inspire other community groups who want to lodge protests against developments.
He added: 'We put together a such a powerful and authoritative defence of our communities which will, we hope, set an example that these and other developers are dissuaded from ever trying such a scheme again.'