AN appeal has been lodged after civic chiefs rejected plans to extend an ancient house in a conservation area.

The house is one of a pair of Grade II listed properties that were built at Southampton Road, Lymington, in the early part of the 19th century.

The applicant wants to extend the property by building a glazed-roof addition that would infill an area next to the two-storey part of the house.

If the scheme goes ahead an existing extension will be demolished.

A report to members of New Forest District Council said: "Whilst it is appreciated that more modern additions have been made to the dwelling over the years the evolution of the property is clear and there still remains the original rear wall providing a clear understanding of the original form.

"Any addition to the wall would result in a further loss in the historic significance.

"The removal of the more modern existing single-storey extension does not justify the provision of the proposed new addition in a different location.

"The proposed extension would be harmful to the form, significance and character of the listed building."