BLUEPRINTS which would have seen a detached home built on a farm in the green belt have been thrown out by a planning inspector.

John Wilkinson had been his proposals for the property, at Wilkinson's Farm in Blackrod, rejected by Bolton planners last April.

Mr Wilkinson had contended that the scheme would add to housing supply numbers in Blackrod.

But it was felt by the authority that the home, with a detached garage, was inappropriate for the rural Manchester Road setting.

Planning inspector Mr A Caine was told that the application site includes a sand paddock and stable.

The inspector noted that while the proposed home would be adjacent to converted buildings to the south of the land, there was a large gap to the next building, Blackrod MOT station.

Mr Caines, dismissing the application, said: "The proposal would result in much larger buildings on the site and in a position where currently none exist.

"Therefore more of the land would be developed."