PLANS to alter part of a Grade II-listed building in the New Forest have been withdrawn by the applicant.

The district council is no longer studying an application relating to a dance studio at The Retreat - formerly the East Close Hotel - at Lyndhurst Road, Hinton.

Permission had been sought to replace three timber sash windows with two pairs of French windows.

The proposal aimed to increase the amount of natural light as well as improving the occupants' view across the grounds.

According to the application the scheme would enable the building to be used and maintained while preserving its character and appearance.

The proposal was submitted by Meyrick Estate Management Ltd