Council plans to create a traveller site have been effectively scuppered after a landowner said he would refuse to sell.
A proposal to create five traveller pitches at Rising Bridge attracted widespread criticism from residents and the community.
The proposed land, off Blackburn Road, is owned by Baxenden Chemicals Ltd.
John Lord, director of the firm, has confirmed they are categorically unwilling to release the land for development.
The traveller site in Rising Bridge is one of three currently proposed in Rossendale council’s core strategy, the Local Plan.
Mr Lord said: “We are definitely not willing to sell and have no intention of selling it, none at all.
“We stated that in our response to the council, it’s very clearly laid out in black and white.”
Baxenden Chemicals were told by the council there could be three options – they could lease the land directly to the council, run the land as a private traveller site or the council could carry out a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on the land.
However, the council is unlikely to pursue this avenue for cost reasons.
Rossendale council deputy leader Coun Christine Lamb said: “If the owners are not willing to put the site up it won’t be going forward and won’t be included as part of the plan.”
The Rising Bridge Community group distributed 2,000 leaflets in the area informing residents of the plan and spearheaded opposition to it.
A Rossendale council report, which put forward the site, stated: “It is very well located for the primary road network and close to local services and utilities.
“The site is adjacent to woodland and National Cycle Route 6 and impact on local residents is expected to be minor.”
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones had also opposed the proposal.
He said: “The Rising Bridge community has risen like a Phoenix in order that its voice is heard. The site is wholly, privately owned and impractical.
“Hyndburn, which Rising Bridge abuts, already has more pitches than necessary.
“I hope the community continues to pull together on issues that will improve the village.”