Ineos Shale has been denied a permit for a fracking project in South Yorkshire.
The company, a subsidiary of chemicals giant Ineos, has had an application for core testing denied by Rotherham metropolitan borough council.
Had it been approved, the permit would have allowed the drilling of a 2,800 metre vertical test well at Woodsetts.
Councillors unanimously rejected the proposal.
In a statement, Ineos Shale said: “We feel that that the plans presented offer the right amount of ecological mitigation as part of what is straightforward application.
“The fact that a majority of external statutory consultees agree that this is the case, exemplifies this point.”
The number of planning decisions that have gone against fracking companies in the UK this year now stands at seven.
In Scotland, there is a ban on any onshore shale drilling imposed by the Scottish Government.