The community will be raising a glass after plans to redevelop a Bushey pub into a block of flats was denied by Hertsmere Borough Council in earlier this month.
A group of residents from Bushey set up a campaign against the plans which looked at turning The Royal Oak into seven two bed flats.
After an original application of eight two bed flats was unanimously rejected by the planning committee, the developers appealed and submitted revised plans which was also denied.
Natalie Tebbitts was part of the group fighting to save the pub and is delighted with the outcome.
She said: “Years ago, there were many decent pubs in Bushey but slowly one by one they are going and being turned into flats – but the town just can’t survive.
“I am delighted with the news. It is such a great pub which is in the heart of Bushey. Me and my husband have been drinking in it for years – it is one of them pubs where you could walk in not knowing no one and leave with friends.”
The Royal Oak, which is a massive part of heritage in Bushey, has been listed as an asset of community value.
Natalie added: “Pubs are disappearing at an alarming rate across the country and the people that live in the new houses and the rest of the community won’t have anywhere to go.”