CIVIC chiefs have rejected plans to enlarge an ancient cottage in the New Forest.

An application to build extensions to Broad Lane Cottage at Broad Lane, Martin, has been turned down by the district council.

The house is thought to date from the late 18th or early 19th century.

A report to councillors said the cottage was situated in the Martin Conservation Area and in an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

The report described it as an attractive cottage of simple proportions that made a positive contribution to the area. It added that the proposed two-storey side extension would unbalance the building's proportions and character.

The proposed rear addition would "add additional bulk" to the property.