A STABLE block at Icen Lane, Bincombe is to be converted to a holiday let.

Dorset Council has agreed the application for The Willows, which also has permission for shepherd’s huts on the site.

An officers report said that the holiday use would help the business and would not harm the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and would, once converted, be ‘modest in scale and finish’ helping maintain the building into the future, rather than allow it to fall into disrepair.

Winterborne Farringdon parish council supported the application saying the conversion would “improve the aesthetics of the site.”

Conditions of the permission include holiday use only and the building not to be used as a person’s sole, or main place of residence. The conversion work will also have to take place at an approved time to avoid disturbing swallows which use the stables to nest.