A 300-home project was unanimously rejected by North-east councillors.
The development, which was planned near Scolty Hill at Braehead, south of Banchory, was also recommended for refusal by officials.
One reason for the recommendation included the development’s visual impact on the picturesque site beside the River Dee.
And elected members at yesterday’s full meeting of Aberdeenshire Council voted against the proposals – which included 200 private rented, 75 affordable and 25 assisted living properties – unanimously.
An earlier draft submission of 400 homes was rejected by councillors last year.
During the debate, Councillor Linda Clark gave the applicant “10 out of 10 for tenacity”.
She added: “You do the sums, think about our already struggling health centre and whether we’re going to add another load of houses.
“The number of vehicles would add a ridiculous strain.”
More than 600 objections were lodged against the plans which included a community centre or primary school, a Deeside Way Hub and units for start-up businesses.
Two new roads onto the B974 to Strachan were to be created if planning permission was granted.