West Craven councillors have refused an application for 20 homes in Barnoldswick.
Applicants A. Brooks and E. Beezley were applying for outline consent for the access, layout and scale of the properties on land off Greenberfield Lane and Gisburn Road, with access off the former.
The application for 14 three bedroom homes and six two bedroom homes had attracted 32 objections from local residents who opposed the plans on grounds including it was a loss of green space, the site is outside Barnoldswick’s settlement boundary, the impact on trees and wildlife, flooding and a lack of supporting infrastructure.
Despite the highways authority saying the development would have a “negligible impact” on road safety and capacity on Gisburn Road, councillors disagreed, rejecting it on highway safety grounds.
Speaking after the meeting, Coun. David Whipp said: “The highway access is simply unsafe.
“There’s a conflict with existing traffic on the lane itself, issues with the crossroads where Greenberfield Lane meets Gisburn Road and a significant problem with the lack of a continuous pavement for pedestrians on Gisburn Road linking the development with the rest of the town’s footpaths.
“This is a major issue because of the speeding traffic on Gisburn Road.
“I also argued that flooding was a problem for the site, with the beck on the southern edge becoming a torrent in flood conditions.
“Eventually I had to drop this from the reasons for refusal in order to get the refusal accepted.
“I also pointed out that only a few hundred yards from this site at Robinson Fold there were housing plots unbuilt because of a lack of demand.
“I questioned the government pressure to provide evermore planning permissions for homes which the market didn’t appear to have a demand for.
“But given the government rules that have to be followed, this isn’t acceptable as a reason for refusal.”
Coun. Jennifer Purcell said: “It’s unsuitable and unsafe because of the speed of traffic, the junction and the line of cars that park along Gisburn Road outside houses.
“Greenberfield is also a quiet lane for walking and very narrow. The last thing we want is putting more cars down there.”