A Lisburn family will appeal after a bid to rebuild from the ruins of their ancestral home was rejected because what was left did not look enough like a house.
William Briggs, whose family can trace their connection to the Ballymullan Road farm back 200 years, said it was "bureaucracy gone mad".
The family want to build a one-and-a-half storey home in the style of the original farmhouse, with stables incorporating the existing stone walls
Lisburn and Castlereagh councillors have now knocked back the application for a replacement dwelling because the surviving structure didn't have the "essential characteristics" of a home.
The house hasn't been lived in since the 1970s, when the roof was removed. But Mr Briggs said it was still their home.
He said: "We are sorely disappointed. My mum Jayne can rhyme off the generations and the history of who lived in the house."
He added: "We have not given up."
The planning committee had previously deferred a decision on the application so members could visit the site.