BUILDING work for a new house has been put on hold after Wiltshire Council refused to allow a four bedroomed home to be built in Warminster.

Despite support from neighbours at Sand Street, Longbridge Deverill, planners said the four bedroom house proposal was outside of boundaries for the town and would “encroach” onto the countryside. Owners of the land have had a previous application for a three bedroomed home on the garden area also turned down, which is now going to be determined by the Planning Inspectorate.

Councillor for the area Fleur de Rhé-Philipe said: “It is surrounded by mature trees it will not impact on the landscape in any way I can see. There are houses opposite the road and up and down, so I do think this is an infill opportunity. all villages have to grow.”

Neighbour Lucy Hagg said: "I am wholeheartedly convinced any development would be an improvement on the unattractive building."

However the Western Planning Committee ruled to refuse planning and will await the decision by the Planning Inspectorate.