The Scottish Government has rejected a £15m housing development within sight of Sir Walter Scott's historic home in the Borders.
Protesters said the plans would be a 'blemish' on the house
Kelso-based M&J Ballantyne wanted to build 79 homes at Netherbarns - opposite Abbotsford House.
The development was the subject of a five-day public inquiry in Galashiels earlier this year.
After hearing the case from both the developers and opponents, the government decided against the scheme.
Trustees of the historic house had described the plans as a "slap in the face" to anyone who cared about Scotland's heritage.
Representatives of the firm insisted the development was consistent with both local and national planning policy.
Scottish Borders Council narrowly voted in favour of the development last year.
However, because of its proximity to Abbotsford House, the plans were taken to public inquiry and have now been rejected.