A woman’s plans to build a two-storey double garage with an annexe close to her home have been refused by the council.

Jane Chadwick applied to Ribble Valley Borough Council in January for permission to construct the garage off Longsight Road, Clayton-le-Dale.

The design would have featured two garages on the lower part of the design, with an annexe built above in an L-shape and space for two further cars underneath.

Lancashire Telegraph: Ribble Valley Borough Council have refused plans for this proposed double garage with an annexeRibble Valley Borough Council have refused plans for this proposed double garage with an annexe (Image: Habitat Architects)

The plans have been refused by the council, who said the proposal was not an acceptable form of development in a countryside location.

In a decision notice, they said: “It is not located within a defined settlement boundary or on the edge of a settlement, and the proposal would result in the creation of a residential annexe that would provide a level and provision of accommodation which exceeds that which could reasonably be considered as being modest.

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“The proposal also fails to meet any of the criteria outlined in Policy DMG2 of the Ribble Valley Core Strategy and is therefore an unacceptable type and form of development in a countryside location.

Lancashire Telegraph: The proposed site is off Longsight Road, Clayton-le-DaleThe proposed site is off Longsight Road, Clayton-le-Dale (Image: Habitat Architects)

“The detached building would result in the introduction of a substantial new development in the open countryside which would appear an over-dominant and incongruous addition to the surrounding landscape by virtue of its size, scale, and massing.”

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A design and access statement said: “The planned annexe is intended as auxiliary accommodation for the main dwelling, catering to the needs of ageing parents.

“The objective is to create an extra living area that not only boasts aesthetic appeal, but also places a strong emphasis on functionality.

Lancashire Telegraph: Planners refused permission for the buildingPlanners refused permission for the building (Image: Habitat Architects)

“The placement of the annexe ensures convenient access to the main dwelling, while also offering secure and practical parking for both residents and any visiting guests.

“Entry to the annexe is facilitated through an external staircase. However, thoughtful consideration has been given to the potential installation of a lift within the storage room.”

The applicant has six months to appeal the council's decision if they wish.

Anyone wishing to view the plans in full can do so via the council’s planning website.