A PLAN for an extension to a former historic farmhouse near Bishop’s Waltham has been approved, despite objections from 12 neighbours.

Mr and Mrs Penson applied for the flat-roofed sedum grass-covered extension at Metlands Farm, Dean Lane.

The planning committee heard that the extension increases the size of the building by 60 per cent.

A report said the building dates back to the 17th century but it is not listed.

The South Downs National Park could have called in the plan to be dealt with in-house but had declined to do so.

Among the objectors was Bishop’s Waltham Parish Council. Cllr Josie Wood told the committee that the scheme was not in keeping with South Downs National Park and “would have a detrimental impact on the rural character and setting.”

Cllr Therese Evans said she had driven past the previous day and the extension would not be seen by the road.

The SDNP Dark Night Skies Officer had some concerns because of the amount of glazing. But mitigation measures, including black out blinds, tints had been agreed.

The committee approved the plan by seven votes to none, with one abstention.