AN MP has praised campaigners who defeated plans for a wind farm overlooking rural Northwich.
The application by Tegni Cymru to site four 410ft turbines at Aston, visible and audible from Crowton, Acton Bridge and Kingsley and parts of Little Leigh and Weaverham, was thrown out by Vale Royal Borough Council last week.
Members overwhelmingly ruled it did not show the special circumstances needed to allow it to be build on green belt land.
However, the firm could still demand a public inquiry into the application.
Mike Hall, the MP for Weaver Vale, said campaigners from villages around the area had produced a compelling argument.
He said: 'The campaigners have done a first class job, they looked at this in an objective fashion, made their arguments in a very powerful way and convinced the full council of the strength of their case against the wind farm. I have nothing but high praise for them.'
Mr Hall said the wind farm's location in Green Belt land was wrong, particularly as it would only generate a very small amount of power from its four turbines.
He added: 'Government policy is that if you are going to build in the Green Belt you need to have special and significant reasons and this didn't. It was a massive development producing a very small amount of green energy.'