Plans to transform a car scrap yard into a 22-home development have hit the buffers.
Proposals were submitted to Hyndburn council for the site at the bottom of Alliance Street in Baxenden, which included 18 terraced and four semi-detached properties.
However, councillors voted against the scheme at a planning committee meeting.
No objections were lodged by nearby residents, however the Environment Agency opposed the plans due to flooding concerns and council planning officers said there were design problems.
Council documents prepared for the meeting said the proposed layout would create a ‘poorly designed street scene, undersized gardens and would fail to provide a good standard of living for future occupiers of the dwellings’.
It also said it would ‘not deliver the housing mix which is needed for the borough’.
Steven Hartley, an agent on behalf of the applicant Mr Dunne, had asked councillors at the planning meeting to consider deferring the decision or delegating it to the chief planning officer at a later date once changes could be made.
He said: “I don’t think there’s any difficulty or debate about the principle of housing on here as it already has permission for 12 houses. The two outstanding matters are the Environment Agency concerns and the design. Hopefully we can solve both and it is better to do that than start again.”
But Simon Prideaux, chief planning officer at Hyndburn council, said there were still ‘fundamental concerns about the density’ of housing on the site.
He told the meeting: “It is unfortunate the applicant has not sought pre-application advice.
“If the number of dwellings was reduced to a more appropriate number and a better mix of housing in line with the core strategy we could look at it in a more favourable light.
“It would require substantial changes to the scheme and we would then have to go out and re-advertise and consult.”
Ward councillors Kath Pratt and Terry Hurn also raised issues about access and flooding.
Coun Pratt said: “I have concerns with the access as it is one very steep road leading to the development and then leading onto a very busy Manchester Road.
“It does flood down there. The culvert needs opening up if they are going to build down there.”