Naturists in the New Forest have been given the cold shoulder by planners in their bid to allow overnight camping at a nudist club.

The Avondale Sun Club had appealed against an earlier decision to reject a proposal to provide overnight camping at their naturists’ site near Hightown in the New Forest.

But the New Forest National Park authority has dismissed the application.

The Club had asked for a certificate to permit members to stay in a maximum of three touring caravans at any one time at the club’s site.

They had also requested permission for 15 tents at weekends when hosting special events up to a total of 26 times a year.

But the National Park Association said the club’s application would require a ful change of planning permission.

The club is associated with the British Naturism organisation, has a maximum of 130 members and has been based at the site since 1963.

Facilities at the club include tennis courts, a swimming pool, and boules pitch.

The Sun Club is the only naturist club in the New Forest National Park and covers 4.5 acres of semi natural ancient woodland. It is run on a non commercial basis.