A last minute change of recommendation to “refuse” helped see the planning application for up to 17 houses on land off Cob Lane and Old Stone Trough Lane in Kelbrook turned down.
During a site visit prior to the meeting of Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee, the impact that the development would have on the listed buildings at the bottom of the land was highlighted by councillors and the council’s planning manager reviewed the heritage aspects of the application and changed his recommendation from approve to refuse.
The application was for access only at this stage but had attracted 125 objections. At the meeting, several residents put forward reasons against approving the application.
Coun. David Whipp said: “Unfortunately, many of these cannot be taken into account because of government planning rules.
“However, I highlighted the road safety risks of the proposal - in particular the proposed access onto Old Stone Trough Lane on a double blind bend and the impact of additional traffic on Waterloo Road, especially at school starting and finishing times.
“The application was refused on both impact on the listed buildings and highway grounds. The developers can appeal against this decision, or submit a further application to try and overcome the reasons for objection.”