The council has refused permission in principle for six new homes on land close to a barn and some stables.

In September, a Mr Kerrigan lodged an application with Pendle Council for permission in principle for six new homes on land to the north of Pinfold Barn in Southfield Lane, Burnley.

The land currently comprises a single storey stable block, a paddock and some fields.

The proposal, if approved, was to construct six detached "eco" dwellings with glazing at ground floor level to enable solar heat gain to be achieved.

A planning statement read: “The proposed development is considered to constitute sustainable development and there would not be any visual harm as a result of the scheme due to the surrounding developments.

“The proposed dwellings will be constructed using materials that are both sustainable in their creation and will be locally sourced wherever possible to eliminate the need for long distance deliveries, reducing the ‘hidden footprint’ of the construction materials.

“The white goods and electrical appliances are to be grade A or higher and LED lights are to be used throughout the property to reduce both energy and water consumption.

“Insulation to all external walls, roof and floors is to be provided to meet the building regulations standard or higher.

“Where possible, use of public transport via the local bus route will be promoted along with cycling to reduce the impact of everyday use of a vehicle.

“There are multiple benefits of the scheme which include significant social and economic benefits. The application site can directly make use of strong public transport links and other amenities.”

However, following consultation, Pendle Council made the decision to refuse the permission in principle saying the development did not meet the special circumstances needed to build in a countryside location and would result in a harmful effect on the character of the area.

A planning decision notice published last week read: “The proposed development would result in six new dwellings in an isolated countryside location and does not meet any of the special circumstances for allowing such development.

“The prominent position of the proposed development would result in a harmful effect upon the character and appearance of the wider open countryside.”