Councillors voted unanimously to reject plans to demolish the former Sheffield Ski Village site because of concerns over its future use.
Planning board councillors voted to overturn a recommendation by planners to approve the application, which concerned the demolition of fire damaged buildings, ground levelling and filling over former buildings.
The ski village on Vale Road at Parkwood Springs was destroyed in an inferno in 2012, and has since been blighted by fly-tipping and arson attacks.
Councillors objected to the filling of a ‘depression’, saying it would change the topography of the site and said planning permission was ‘not needed’ to clean it up.
Coun Bryan Lodge said: “I do think it will have an impact, it will change it.”
Coun Alan Law, chairman of the committee, added: “It seems there is no reason to fill this in, had it been dug out at some point then fine.”
And Coun Peter Price, who remembered when the ski village was created, said it could ‘spoil’ the site.
He added: “There are all sorts of options for the site to be used for leisure and for the good of people living in the area.”
The application - which did not concern future development - was previously deferred because councillors had too many questions.
There are hopes a new Olympic snow sport hub could be created at the site, or that it could form part of a country park.
Objectors spoke out against the plans.
Councillors also discussed enforcement action to have the site cleared up.
Applicant Kevin Pullan said he would appeal the decision.
He told The Star: “We will relish the appeal because it will clarify the future use of the site, whether it is business use or employment use as different planning documents say two things.”
He said filling in the depression was a sustainable way to clear the site and he needed planning permission to demolish fire-damaged buildings as part of the clear-up of the land.