CONTROVERSIAL outline plans to build ten homes on land in Kelbrook have been rejected.

Members of the West Craven Area Committee last Tuesday refused a re-submitted application to build ten houses on land off Cob Lane and Old Stone Trough Lane.

The new plan comes after the refusal of an application for 17 homes at the site was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate in May 2017.

Kelbrook and Sough Parish Council chairman, Cllr Garry Wilson, said: “The new changes are so insignificant they will still have an impact on the heritage assets Yellow Hall and Stoops Farm. The height of these buildings would dominate the landscape from all points of view., and the encroachment of this development would cause great harm to the setting. The residents of Kelbrook strongly object to this application.”

“It’s not the same development,” said Neil Watson, Pendle Council’s planning manager. “They’re not proposing to develop in the field in front of Stoops Farm, and Yellow Hall has been significantly altered which diminishes its heritage significance.”

Cllr David Whipp said: “I think the principle of development on this land would create harm to the designated heritage assets. When you’re imposing the development into the backdrop of this setting, irrevocable harm is an issue that is paramount. I think we’ve got good grounds for refusal.”

Mr Watson recommended the application be referred to Pendle Council’s Development Management Committee, which will be held at 7pm on Monday, February 26, in Nelson Town Hall.