Controversial plans for a 1,200-seat theatre in Tunbridge Wells have been overturned, after councillors voted against them.
The £41 million theatre was set to be built in the entrance to Calverley Grounds park.
It formed part of a £90 million civic development scheme by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, which was also set to include offices, an underground car park and new landscaping with about 70 trees.
The local authority approved planning permission for the scheme in 2018, despite 150 objections during the public consultation phase of the planning application.
In June last year, a high court legal challenge was filed against the planning decision and earlier this year, the council announced it was putting the plans on hold following public backlash.
Councillors debated the future of the project during a meeting on October 8, at which they voted against a recommendation for the council to approve decisions for funding and delivery of the project.
This means the project will no longer go ahead in its current form.
A further motion was proposed asking that an existing cross-party group in favour of the provision of a theatre will continue to examine the business case and other locations for a new venue.
This motion was approved, meaning the working group will report to full council on December 18.
Council leader Alan McDermott said: “I am very disappointed that a project that was initiated with cross party support four years ago has fallen at the final hurdle.
“The scheme was strongly supported by many including local businesses who would have benefitted from increased footfall and spend in the town.”
He added: “I am committed to generating economic growth in the town and wider borough and will talk to opposition groups to see if we can find common ground on what we do want rather than what we don’t want.”
As reported by the BBC, conservative councillor Seán Holden, who voted against the Calverley Square development, said: “It’s the right result. It was a potential vampire on the neck of the finances of Tunbridge Wells for decades to come.”