Campaigners say they will battle on despite a judge rejecting a request for a judicial review into a proposed waste incinerator in Desborough.
Fresh Air Desborough (FAD) had submitted the application in a bid to halt plans for the plant at Magnetic Park on the town’s outskirts.
But the judge’s decision means the group must now decide whether to fork out thousands more in legal fees to fund an oral hearing.
Chairman of the group Alan Brooks said: “It’s just been a difficult few days, but we won’t give up.”
He said group members would decide in the coming days whether to go for the oral hearing but still vowed to oppose an application for an Environment Agency permit to run the plant.
The campaigners fear the incinerator will cause traffic and health problems as well as being an eyesore.
They have previously called on people in Harborough – who they say will be affected by emissions from the plant and its 53m-high chimney – to back their fight.
Mr Brooks told the Mail: “It’s time to stop and think about what’s going on in our area. This is a serious issue and we’re concerned what the effect on Harborough will be as well.”
They say that the scheme, along with plans for a rubbish recovery plant in Corby and an existing anaerobic digester in Rothwell, is turning the area into the “dustbin of the county”.
The incinerator has been designed to convert waste into energy, with the firm behind the plans saying there is no significant health risk.
The scheme was granted planning permission by Northamptonshire County Council in November last year, despite strong protests from town residents, including a 3,000-signature petition, hundreds of letters of complaint and opposition from nearby town and parish councils.
The group launched the judicial review bid earlier in the summer after a request for a planning inquiry was refused.
They had hoped that by obtaining a review of the decision to grant planning permission, they could get it overturned.
The group holds regular fundraising events for a fighting fund to cover legal and other costs.
The next event is a band night at Desborough Services Club, in Lower Street, on Saturday, September 28.
For more information about FAD or to help with the campaign, email email@example.com or visit www.freshairdesborough.org.uk.