A RESIDENCE near Ambleside has had plans to construct a orangery rejected by national park planners.

The proposal outlined a modest ground floor extension on the south and east elevations at Rydal Holme.

Extension of the property would have created space due to the applicant’s extensive family and enhance the existing building’s form, according to plans submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority.

The plans were refused due to it not being in keeping with the building's character as well as a complaint via an objection letter.

A report said: “Rydal Holme is within the Rydal Conservation Area and is identified as a building of special character and a focal feature in the Rydal Conservation Area appraisal and management plan.

“Lakes Parish Council recommend refusal on the grounds that this is not in keeping with the existing building, it abuts the road, has a flat roof and is an unneighbourly development.

“There is an area of ancient and semi natural woodland to the north of the site, but the proposed extension is outside this designated area.”

One letter of objection had been received.

The letter makes the following comments:

- The proposed extension is extremely large, and out of both scale and character to the existing premises and neighbouring properties.

- The plans do not adequately represent the proximity to the boundary with the neighbouring property, and due to the elevated level of the proposed extension will create an over looking problem.

- The issue of the size of the owners’ family is not relevant consideration in this matter.

In the decision notice, the planning committee said: “The proposal would fail to conserve the character and appearance of the property and Rydal Conservation Area which contribute to the special qualities of the Lake District National Park.

“The benefits of the proposal and other material planning considerations do not outweigh the harm identified.”