Plans to build a house and a replacement outbuilding at a site just outside Clitheroe have been knocked back due to concerns over flooding.

Mr and Mrs Thornburn applied to Ribble Valley Borough Council to demolish a detached storage building at Twinbrooks Barn, off Twin Brook Road, and build a two-storey home in its place.

The plans also involved the construction of a two-storey outbuilding which would provide a garage and a hobby room for the already established Twinbrooks Barn.

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Despite a detailed planning statement being submitted to the council, the proposals have been rejected as it would increase the number of people and properties at risk from flooding in the area.

A decision notice from the council said: “The application site falls within an area at risk of flooding and the proposed development is considered to fail the sequential test, as it has not been demonstrated that there are no reasonably available sites suitable for the proposed development in areas with a lower risk of flooding.

“This would not steer development to areas with the lowest probability of flooding, thereby increasing the number of people and properties at risk from flooding.”

The planning statement submitted to the council said to mitigate flood risk the proposed floor level of the building would exceed the advised levels.

The plans deemed the flood risk for the site to be between very low and medium.

There have been previous applications for the site, the biggest of which was in 2016 for the conversion and extension of the agricultural barn.

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Plans were also drawn up for the erection of three single-storey homes on the site in 2021 which were withdraw, and were then rejected once submitted in 2022.

A planning statement said: “The proposed dwelling is to be of a modern appearance with large areas of glazing, which reflects the contemporary approach approved for the extension of the barn and ties in with the surrounding site.”

The applicants now have six months to challenge the council’s decision if they wish.