PERMISSION has been granted by East Dorset District Council for extension and sub-division of a property in Pear Tree Close, Fordingbridge, to create a pair of semis.
The revised application by Mr and Mrs Canning attracted objection from Alderholt Parish Council on the grounds that the density of parking in a congested cul-de-sac was already too high, and the additional two storey development would block the light to a neighbouring property.
The council's tree officer had concerns for the welfare of a maturing Monterey Pine in the rear garden and asked for protection of the roots during construction.
A number of neighbours also objected to the intensification of use, lack of parking, and impact on amenity through loss of light and privacy.
But officers concluded that the extension at first floor over the flat roof garage did not change the mass of the building significantly, and the impact of increased floor space acceptable.
It was likely to reduce the amount of indirect light only to a small secondary side window and obscure glazed door close to a 2 metre high boundary fence, so was not so harmful as to warrant refusal, and there was no highway objection to the increased traffic for which parking was adequate.