REFUSED plans to erect an agricultural building off Esp Lane in Barnoldswick have been upheld by a Government planning inspector.

An appeal was lodged by Mr Robinson following the refusal of plans by Pendle Borough Council in January last year. That decision has now been upheld after the appeal was dismissed.

In their decision notice, the inspector, H Senior said the main issue was the effect of the proposal on the character and appearance of the area with particular regard to the Calf Hall and Gillians Conservation Area.

The inspector said while there would be limited views of the building and it would not be on a skyline location, due to the topography and its position on the brow of a hill, it would occupy a 'prominent position in the landscape'.

They added: "There are no nearby buildings and, due to the height of the proposed building, it would be seen above the hedgerow on Esp Lane, which when considered alongside the length of the building, would appear as a prominent intrusion in the landscape. As the conservation area in this location is devoid of isolated buildings, the introduction of the proposed building would be an uncharacteristic feature in the area which would harm the significance of the conservation area."