An internal door at the old crown court in Dorchester will be altered to allow disabled access.

The application to make the changes to the historic door at Shire Hall were discussed at West Dorset District Council planning committee.

It relates to the narrow historic door between the Georgian cells and the lobby at the base of the stairs to the courtroom.

The original application sought to remove the door and frame and fix both to a nearby wall using mirror brackets to allow disabled access between the spaces.

However, Historic England raised concerns that by having the door removed and hung on the wall it would lose its context, function and therefore much of its value.

Following discussions between the conservation officer and Historic England, the proposal has been revised so that the frame and door will not be removed but will remain; alterations to the door and frame will allow the frame will be hinged to the wall to allow a wider opening for disabled access.

A spokesman for Historic England said: "The proposal sounds like an interesting, creative solution to the problem and I am content that the door is hinged on the opposite side."

The revised proposal was recommended for approval at the report highlighted that it "protects the significance of the heritage asset".

Shire Hall is a Grade I listed building that is significant, not only for its architectural quality and historic fabric, but also for its associative value as the place where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were sentenced in 1834 and through this an association with labour history both locally nationally. Alongside this Thomas Hardy, served in the building as a Justice of the peace and Grand Juror at the Assizes.

The old crown court on High West Street has recently been granted planning permission which will allow for a number of developments, including the introduction of an exhibition installation.

Shire Hall is set to open for visitors in May 2018 as a new historic courthouse museum, with a café and shop and an exciting programme of events.