A PLANING battle in the New Forest National Park has ended in defeat for the applicant.

An appeal was lodged after the National Park Authority (NPA) rejected a proposal to extend Field Cottage in Redlynch by building a conservatory.

But a government-appointed planning inspector has upheld the NPA's decision.

The inspector said the cottage's floorspace had already risen by more than 30% since 1982.

"The proposal would not adversely affect the appearance of the dwelling or harm the living conditions of neighbours.

"It would however result in further extension of a formerly modest dwelling, contributing to the gradual enlargement of dwellings in the national park.

"It would reduce the range and mix of housing stock available."