A power station with a block of communal student-style digs for key workers and university graduates has been refused planning permission.
The application for the 17-storey building in Woking had been submitted by Thamesway Group - a development company set up by Woking Borough Council.
Councillors went against the advice of officers and experts saying they could not "morally" or "ethically" support the tower block with "suffocating" rooms.
They voted against the application for Poole Road based on mass and bulk concerns, parking problems and design issues.
Four voted to refuse the application with three voting against refusal.