An application for a judicial review of a controversial council decision over plans for a new glass-fronted, seafront cafe has been rejected.
East Devon District Council's planning process had been called into question by people opposed to the project at Budleigh Salterton.
The action had followed the council decision in June to approve an amendment to an existing planning permission from 2010.
Coun Mark Williamson, chairman of the district council's development management committee, said: "I'd like to think this draws a line under things as the judge clearly backed the council's decision and process for handling this application.
"I think that decision is quite right and councillors and officers both did their jobs well in the face of a very sensitive and complex local issue.
"Admittedly some internal workings, passionate local views and even differing views from councillors had made this a long-winded process, but one that absolutely backs up the role of planning as an objective, evidence-based function.
"We're grateful that the judge dismissed the application, and importantly it shields taxpayers from any potential costs associated with the legal process."