PLANS to turn a detached garage in Amesbury into two-storey living accommodation have been rejected by a planning inspector.

Wiltshire Council refused the application in Flintcroft on the grounds of its appearance and highway safety as well as raising concerns it might be used as a separate dwelling rather than for accommodation for the applicant’s family.

At appeal, planning inspector Brian Dodd policy that allows the conversion of an existing building to provide accommodation for dependent persons so long as there is a condition in place to prevent it being let or sold separately.

But he dismissed the appeal on the grounds the proposed dormer would form a “very dominant, bulky, unbalanced and incongruous feature” that would be out of character with neighbouring properties.