PLANNING chiefs have rejected a proposal relating to an historic building in the New Forest National Park.

The Lymington-based National Park Authority (NPA) has refused an application to replace an outbuilding at Passford House Cottage in Southampton Road, Boldre.

Boldre Parish Council had urge the NPA to reject the proposal, saying the new building would be "overly large".

A report to NPA members said: "Passford Farm Cottage is a Grade II-listed cottage that dates back to the 17th century and is also a key feature of the historic importance of the Buckland Conservation Area. Consent is sought to replace the summerhouse and the associated garden shed and lean-to.

"The replacement combines the bulk of three structures into one outbuilding.

"The proposed outbuilding, by virtue of its scale, design and location, would not be proportionate, or appear subservient, to the dwelling. It would not enhance the setting of the house, which is a designated heritage asset.

"It would be harmful to the setting of the listed building and would therefore being contrary to policies."