A controversial planning application for Nairn South has been turned down this afternoon.
The 319-home plan was rejected by councillors on road infrastructure grounds.
Highland Council's legal team warned that it was unlikely win if the developer brought it to an appeal, however.
The application was approved by the local authority last month but came under further scrutiny today.
Nairn Highland Councillors Michael Green and Laurie Fraser tabled an amendment to turn the application down.
Councillors voted 13 to 8 with two abstentions.
More than 100 protestors campaigned against the scheme today.
There were fears the town’s road network would not cope. Community councils insisted the town was already gridlocked and will come to a halt if a swathe of new residents move to that part of the town.