The Victorian Supreme Court has ruled against a local community's fight to stop a 13-storey development in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.
The Stonnington Council and 600 community members have of a complex of 400 apartments planned for Orrong Road in Armadale.
They went to the Supreme Court to challenge VCAT's previous ruling that the "extent of community opposition was irrelevant."
However, a judge dismissed the case, ruling the sheer number of objections was not enough.
The Mayor of Stonnington, Matthew Koce, says the community's voice has been stymied.
"It's a grim day for democracy and we are very disappointed with the outcome, naturally," he said.
"We believe that local communities should have a strong say when it comes to planning issues."
Mr Koce says the Planning Minister must act to protect the will of the local community.
"They tend to know the area best and they are most affected by these developments as well," he said.
"My view is if you do get 600 objections they should be listened to carefully and the will of the community should be paramount."