Plans to build houses on a rural village road have been put on hold.
Bosses on Chorley Council’s development control committee have requested a site visit at Dick Lane, Brinscall.
Homeowners in the area had vented their frustrations when a planning proposal was submitted which would see six houses erected in place of a number of redundant barns.
Concerns were also raised about an area where a number of bins would be stored.
Steve Perry,who lives in Dick Lane, said: “The development will be high cost, exclusive houses in a gated community within the green belt. It will do nothing to alleviate the shortage of housing in the Chorley area.
“The large increase in people living in the area will cause noise and light pollution. The extra traffic generated will make Dick Lane more dangerous for the current residents, walkers and the Nature Trail Nursery, based in Brinscall.”
The application was submitted by Muntzer Mughar.
County Coun Kim Snape, who is supporting the residents in their fight, said: “There was a heated discussion at the meeting and there was a mixture of opinions.
“I think it’s only a positive thing that councillors have requested a site visit.
“Everybody now has the opportunity to go so we will need to wait and see what happens.
“I wouldn’t say the residents are relieved about it as it just puts a delay on the matter.
“The area is a unique nature reserve, it’s not just a place you can turn up and smack houses on.”
Agents for the application, Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors, were unavailable to comment.