A home will be created from an outbuilding in Main Street at Loders – despite the objections of the parish council and some neighbours.

Dorset Council’s area planning committee has voted to approve the application at The Barn House.

It allows for the demolition of an outbuilding and the conversion and extension of another to create a one-bed home. Both are to the rear of the listed main house with the site within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Loders Conservation Area.

The parish council had objected to the application arguing that the outbuildings are beyond the defined development boundary and should not be substantially rebuilt or extended.

Those in support claimed the extra home will enhance the local economy, be sympathetic to surrounding properties and remove an unsightly building.

Agent for the applicants, Simon Ludgate, told the planning committee meeting in Dorchester that the proposals had been substantially changed after an application was rejected last year. He said the latest application was in line with all the council’s policies and should be approved.

Cllr Nick Ireland was among the councillors to agree. He said the re-design had resulted in a much smaller home which he believed would be acceptable for the site. Cllr Louie O’Leary said he had voted against last time, but liked the changes and supported the new application.