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A DECISION to refuse planning permission for a garden has been upheld at appeal.

Chichester District Council refused the application for land next to West View Cottages in South Lane, Southbourne, near Emsworth, at the end of last year.

But Mark Harrison appealed the decision, asking the planning inspectorate for permission to keep the land as a garden, rather than agricultural land.

A fence, varying between 1.8m and 2m in height, had already been put up.

Upholding the council’s decision, planning inspector David Harmston said the development had caused harm to the character of the area, eroding an important gap between developments.

He said extending the garden into surrounding countryside detracted from the unspoilt natural beauty of the area.