An application to build a housing estate on land between Grimsargh and Preston has been rejected by government inspectors.
Hallam Land Management Ltd lodged plans to build a development of up to 100 homes on land north of The Hills on Longridge Road, which were turned down last year by Preston Council’s planning committee.
Now an appeal against the refusal to grant outline permission has been thrown out by the Planning Inspectorate.
Planning inspector Alison Lea dismissed the appeal, and said the development would mean there would no longer be an effective area of separation between the two locations.
In a decision report, she said: “I agree with the council that the proposal would result in the undermining of a sense of leaving or entering a place and that it would become difficult to distinguish the urban edge of Preston from the actual or perceived edge of Grimsargh.
“I conclude therefore that if the proposed development was constructed there would no longer be an effective area of separation between Grimsargh and Preston, as the gap would be insufficient to protect the identity and local distinctiveness of Grimsargh.”
She added: “In my opinion the harm which would be caused to the objective of maintaining an effective area of separation between Grimsargh and Preston outweighs the significant benefit of providing both market and affordable housing and the other benefits identified.
“Accordingly I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.”
The proposals for 100 homes followed an earlier application for up to 143 homes on the site, which was dismissed by the council in 2012, and then again on appeal by the Planning Inspector.
The appeal was then taken to a challenge at the High Court, but the judgement was in favour of the decision to reject the application.