Plans for a holiday cabin in the open countryside in Gloucestershire have been turned down amid concerns it would harm the landscape.

The proposals to change the use of a plot of agricultural land in Ketford near Newent were debated by Forest of Dean District Council .

The short term holiday cabin scheme included creating a new access point off an unclassified and provide two - parking spaces with a bin store.

The holiday cabin was to be single storey and made of burnt larch cladding.

The proposed accommodation would have consisted of an open plan living space with a kitchenette and bed space, and a bathroom.

And would have measured 5.6m in length, 2.45m in depth and 2.85m in height and would have been rectangular in form with a flat roof.

Pauntley Parish Council chairman Paul Eastabrook told the development management committee on March 12 that the site was an isolated plot of agricultural land in Ketford.

“It’s been used for grazing for generations. The land is in a predominantly protected area containing mature trees.”

He also said the road is steep, narrow and “notably treacherous”.

“There are no passing areas anywhere near this very steep hill. Traffic frequently travels at higher than safe speeds.”

He said there was no support for the proposal local and the sheer volume of objections overwhelmed the team.

Wendy Hopkins, from Brodie Planning Associates, told the committee no professional advisers has raised objections.

“This proposal has been through the advocated and robust process of seeking pre-application advice prior to the formal submission.

“The recommendation made by officers is that planning permission should be granted.

Principle of short term holiday accommodation in that location is acceptable, she said. And officers said the applicants has demonstrated a viable business case and it would support the rural economy.

“The development is small scale and low key which is commensurate with the site and its surroundings.”

Councillor Simon Phelps proposed rejecting the scheme and raised concerns over its impact on the landscape.

This was seconded by Cllr Ian Whitburn (I, Coleford). The bid was refused by nine votes to two with one abstention.