PLANNING chiefs have agreed a number of proposals for a popular Purbeck attraction.

Putlake Adventure Farm owners will now be able to use part of their Langton Matravers site as a car park, and set up a new campsite for 60 days between Easter and the end of October.

They also now have restrictions lifted on the site shop, so it can be used as a replacement shop and post office for when Langton Matravers' existing village store closes.

Until now the shop at Putlake Farm, which is restricted to 10am-5pm opening hours, could only be used as a pet and garden centre.

Purbeck District Council's (PDC) planning board ruled in favour of the plans at a meeting on October 31.

In January planning permission was granted by PDC to allow the current village store and post office in Langton Matravers to change to residential use.

While a number of residents have written to the district council is support of the shop element of the Putlake Farm scheme, some concerns had been voiced over the campsite plans.

However, a report to members ahead of the meeting - by planning case officer Cari Woolbridge - recommended approval for the overall scheme.

Ms Woolbridge explained: "On balance it is considered that the additional month of harm to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and countryside, based on a 60 day permission, can be justified given the economic and social benefits of providing a shop and post office to the village."

Langton Matravers resident Adam Garnish, in his letter to PDC's planning department, said: "I object to the campsite element of the application. it will be seen and heard by the residents of both the Hyde and Steppes. There are many other campsite locations around swanage which are less imposing on residents.

He added: "The application should be split into parts rather than bulked together so that certain elements can be passed, and other rejected."