The senior planning officer said the development would have a significant adverse impact on the area.
The proposal would have a significant adverse impact on landscape character and visual amenity, creating a prominent and intrusive incursion of built development into the Crumple Valley Special Landscape Area., contrary to saved policies HD2, C2 and C9 of the Harrogate District Local Plan and policies SG4 and EQ 2 of the Harrogate District Core Strategy DPD, along with supplementary planning guidance contained within the Councils Landscape Character Assessment 2004.
The land is owned by Batchelor and had previously been used as farming land. The proposal was for five large houses.
Developers have an option of appealing the decision.