Plans for the redevelopment of the former Crimsworth Dye Works have been shelved.
The site is in the heart of the Hardcastle Crags valley and local group Residents Association of Midgehole have campaigned against the proposed 15 one-bedroomed flats plus outline planning for an unspecified number of additional houses.
The group handed in a petition and ran a Facebook page which gained over 100 supporters.
They produced their own plans for the site but say they were not consulted.
Association chairman Richard Pierson said: “We know the site will be developed at some point and want to ensure any development enhances rather than degrades this sensitive area.”