Plans to build two new homes in a Ribble Valley village have been refused by the council once again.

Lisa Quinn-Jones submitted proposals to the council last year for three self-build bungalows in The Warren, Hurst Green.

The Warren already has nine affordable homes for those aged 55 and over following the development of a shared ownership scheme.

The original plans were knocked back by Ribble Valley Borough Council in September 2022 as they felt the design undermined the “character and visual amenities of the area.”

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The plans were altered to two homes and re-submitted in October of this year, but they have once again been refused by council planning bosses.

A decision notice said the plans conflicted two of the policies in the Ribble Valley Core Strategy, as they were outside of a defined settlement boundary without justification, and it had not been demonstrated the houses were for local needs.

They added that the design would still appeal both “anomalous and incongruous”, undermining the character and visual amenities of the area and that of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A planning statement said: “In an attempt to resolve the reasons for refusal, the proposal has been significantly amended in the following ways.

“The proposal has been reduced from three self-build bungalows to two, comprising a mix of one two-bed unit and one three-bed unit.

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“This is a reduction in numbers, a mix of housing type, and ultimately a reduction in the build form and thereby reducing the visual impact.

“The applicant is willing to enter into a legal agreement to ensure the land to the north would not be developed and remain as open shrubland as well as an agreement to ensure the units would be for self-build parts and an over-55 age restriction.”

The applicant can appeal the decision within six months of the council’s decision.