Plans to turn an historic park into a modernist mini village for members of one family have been dismissed.
Businessman Yousuf Bhailok bought the Harris Park site off Garstang Road, Preston, from UCLan in 2006.
He wanted to build three large, low-lying modernist buildings on the former cricket pitch, create a new building by infilling a modern structure between an old laundry and office, and add four large modern extensions to the rear of listed villas, which used to part of the Harris Orphanage.
Although the Victorian Society, the Lancashire Gardens Trust and Lancashire County Council’s heritage authority officer objected to the scheme, it was supported by English Heritage and recommended for approval by Preston Council planning officers.
Architect Roger Stephenson said: “This is an amazing project that would give extended life to a heritage asset.”
Agent Alban Cassidy said: “We have got to make a new statement and chapter.”
He added: “There is no other long-term, viable solution for this site.”
Although Preston councillors agreed that the site should be redeveloped before the site decayed, they decided the new buildings were unsuitable because of their scale and massing and because of their over-dominance, and impact on the existing historic buildings.
Councillor Margaret McManus said: “Edmund Harris who gave the money to build this orphanage, he would be spinning in his grave over these plans.”
Others hinted a revised resubmission would be viewed favourably.
Mr Bhailok said: “We were disappointed by the decision, have listened to what the councillors had to say, and are considering our options for a resubmission in the future.”