AN application for a single house on a paddock site at Jesmond Farm off Monmouth Gardens, Beaminster, will be decided today.

The site is within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but outside the defined development boundary for the area.

Planning officers are recommending approval for the one and a half storey home with dormers in the roof.

The walls would be clad in larch boarding.

They say the building would not cause significant harm to the AoNB, is only just outside the development area and that rural Dorset does not meet the Government target to have a five-year land supply for housing.

Beaminster Town Council is asking for the application to be rejected claiming the site is part of the area’s flood alleviation scheme, designed to hold flood water, although the Environment Agency is not objecting to the home.