PLANS to build a 196-berth marina in Hixon have run aground after planners rejected them.
David O'Riley wanted to put the facility including a dry dock/workshop, pump-out building and car park on land near London Road, Pasturefields.
Natural England, the Environment Agency, two parish councils and more than 20 residents objected because the nearby Pasturefields salt marsh is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and a European Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Humphrey Connor, of Pasturefields, said: "The development will interfere with this rare site and its surrounding area which once damaged will never recover."
Anne Andrews, Ingestre with Tixall Parish Council clerk, said: "Our understanding is that development consent cannot even be considered until a No Significant Effects report has been prepared and submitted with the planning application. The suggestion by the developer that hydrological surveys could be treated simply as a planning condition shows a disregard or lack of understanding of the habitats regulations."
A report to Stafford Borough Council's planning committee recommended refusal saying: "There is a lack of submitted information to show that the salt marsh would not be harmed."