PLANS to build a two-bedroom home beside an existing property have been thrown out.

An appeal was lodged after an application relating to a plot of land at Kingfisher Way, Ringwood, was rejected by New Forest District Council in June last year.

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

The inspector's report said the main issues were the impact of the development on the character and appearance of the area and the living conditions of future occupiers.

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The report said the proposal would contravene a planning policy that aimed to ensure new developments made a positive contribution to the quality of life.

It added: "The delivery of housing on potentially under-utilised land in the urban area is of substantial weight. However, only one additional dwelling is proposed."

Citing the "poor quality" of the proposed development the report added: "Adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits."