A HISTORIC building has been saved thanks to people power.
Nearly 180 Neston residents signed a petition demanding that the town's 1930s Georgian revival-style police station was not destroyed to make way for housing.
Their objections were heard by the borough council's planning committee, which has rejected the scheme.
Linden Homes had applied for permission to demolish the Hinderton Road station and build 24 apartments in two blocks, plus nine town houses.
Neston Police Station, its court and two police houses were put on the council's List of Local Buildings of Architectural & Historic Interest last year.
A council report said: 'It was very well-built, circa 1939, has stood for 66 years and has no significant deterioration of the walls, roofs, porches or windows.
'There is great community interest in this building. We can't identify any comparable police building in Cheshire of similar quality, date, style or purpose.
'It is architecturally and visually the most distinguished of the secular public buildings in Neston and so should be conserved in a sympathetic manner. It should on no account be demolished.'
A petition with 174 signatures from residents was sent to the council, saying the police station was 'part of Neston's heritage'. It added that erecting the development of three-storey homes wasn't in keeping with nearby two-storey homes and would cause traffic congestion.
Fourteen other letters were received by planners concerned about the high density of the development, security, loss of open green areas, loss of light to neighbours, no need for more housing, construction disturbance and extra noise due to parking.
Some residents even suggested developing around the police stationand turning it into a council office due to 'the poor quality of public facilities' in the town centre.
Neston Civic Society said the station provides 'a degree of interest and elegance' to the area, adding the proposal would completely change the streetscene.