Plans for Cornwall's first therapy centre for people with multiple sclerosis have been given the go-ahead by Restormel planners.
Physiotherapy can help MS patients
But the project will now be called in by the Government Office for the South West for a public inquiry.
The Merlin Project wants to build the £1m centre at Hewaswater, near St Austell, but it conflicts with planning guidelines as it is on farming land.
Elaine Davies, who has the condition, says building the centre is vital.
"It was made perfectly clear at the meeting how important the centre is," she said.
"There is absolutely nothing in Cornwall like this and it has got to happen."
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system.
It attacks the nervous system, initially causing loss of balance, reduced vision and bouts of paralysis.
About 85,000 people in the UK have the condition. There are approximately 500 in Cornwall registered as having MS, but some doctors say the figure could be as high as 1,000.
The therapy centre would provide orthodox treatment such as physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, plus complimentary therapies, including acupuncture and reflexology.
Supporters of the project have raised more than £430,000 in two years to help finance the centre.
They have also collected 7,000 signatures on a petition in support of the centre.