PROPOSALS for an 'overbearing' extension of a two-bedroomed house into one with six have been rejected by councillors.

The bid for a three-storey side extension and rear dormer extension to Kenmuir in Burnley Road, Briercliffe, was turned down after a discussion at Burnley Councils Development Control Committee.

A report by officers said: "By virtue of its excessive and dominant scale and design, the proposed development would not be subordinate or sympathetic to the character of the existing house or the wider character of the street scene. The proposals would appear as prominent and incongruously large additions which fail to appropriately respect the existing proportions and appearance."

Planning agent Brian Sumner said the extension was appropriate and had caused no objections from neighbours adding "There is room to get this extension in without massing. This is a very narrow two-bedroomed houses need upgrading to a family home to modern requirements which is exactly what this application is trying to do."

Queensgate ward's Cllr Sue Graham said: "The extensions proposed are overbearing and totally out of proportion."

Bank Hall ward's Cllr Afrasiab Anwar moved approving the application.

He said: "The property looks in disrepair. The applicant wants to turn it into a family home and bring it up to scratch. It does not have a negative impact on the street scene."

Borough housing boss Cllr John Harbour said approving it would 'drive coach and horses' through the borough's planning policies.

The committee voted to refuse the application.