Opponents of plans to build an industrial storage centre in a countryside spot adored by the late Hollywood star Marlon Brando have won their fight.
More than 100 campaigners in Selling had objected to the proposal of FW Mansfield and Sons to build a cold store and distribution site at Owens Court Farm.
They claimed it was in the wrong place and would be detrimental to the peaceful surroundings – and this week received an early Christmas gift when the application was withdrawn.
Oscar-winning actor Brando had visited the area and had enjoyed many walks there.
Petra Bensted, of Owens Court Road, said this week: “It was a big relief. We were getting ready for the planning meeting where one of us was going to speak on behalf of the community.
“We were deciding what we were going to say and who was going to say it and with just a week or so to go it’s a big relief.
“It is great news, but I think it is fair to say we are all expecting another application some time soon, but the pressure is off for now. “It’s a wonderful early Christmas gift.”
The application for a cold store to chill cherries was submitted in August and was due to be decided by Swale Borough Council on December 17.
Selling Parish Council had looked at the plans in September and said it was at a complete loss as to why there was need for such a large building.
The council, along with dozens of others, sent objections to planning officer Andrew Spiers, who confirmed this week the application had been withdrawn.
The plans also drew concerns from Kent County Council Highways and the Kent Downs Area of Natural Beauty committee.
Mrs Bensted added: “It would be great if Mansfields would contact us and there can be some dialogue between all of us, but really that should’ve been done before the application was submitted and things would’ve been a lot easier.
“It’s good that it is no longer hanging over us. The development was completely inappropriate.”
The Faversham News contacted FW Mansfield and Sons and was directed to its agent, Amos Dawton and Finn, which did not give a reason for the withdrawal.