A planning application for 31 homes in Barnoldswick has been allowed on appeal.
Stirling Investment properties LLP appealed a Pendle Council decision in June to refuse the plan for the homes off Long Ing Lane.
West Craven councillors refused the plan seeking consent for the appearance, landscape, layout and scale of the houses on grounds that the design of the proposed properties were not in keeping with the area.
The planning application had attracted vociferous opposition from locals under the banner of “Save Barlick’s green fields” who cherish the section of land for walking, and believed the development would have an adverse impact on highway safety. Access to the site had previously been granted on appeal in 2014
However, planning inspector Bern Hillier found in favour of Stirling stating that “in the present appeal I find the building design and layout of the development to be soundly conceived”.
He added: “I conclude that the submitted reserved matters, including the three storey house type and the layout, would not have a material adverse effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area.”
Addressing other matters, the inspector said: “A number of representations object to the loss of an informal open space and to highway dangers but these matters are not relevant at this reserved matters stage.
“There will be an impact on the outlook of occupiers of properties on Moss Side but separation distances from habitable rooms are sufficient to avoid an unreasonable degree of overlooking.”