PERMISSION to redevelop the car park of a former Moordown pub has been refused.

Dreamland Bournemouth had applied to build a three-storey block of commercial units and flats on the former Holly Tree car park off Wimborne Road.

However, planning officers at BCP Council have turned down the scheme raising concerns about the “excessive” scale of the building, “insufficient” parking and the “poor” living conditions the flats would provide.

The Wimborne Road pub to which the car park belonged was sold by brewery chain Greene King in May 2016 following a “decline in success” of the business.

Planning permission has already been granted for the conversion of the building into a block of 10 flats before a separate application to built on the car park was put forward.

When it submitted its plans at the end of March, Dreamland described its proposals for five flats on top of two business units as “sympathetic”.

The 10 parking spaces provided within its plans fell short of the 13 required by council policy and all five of the flats were smaller than the minimum standard.

Four letters of objection were submitted to the council raising concerns about the scale of the development and the impact it would have on neighbours.

And, in a report, a Council planning officer described the development as “uncharacteristic and inappropriate”.

“It would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area, also resulting in an overbearing impact and a loss of privacy to the detriment of future occupiers [and neighbours,” it says.

“The development would also provide a poor standard of living accommodation for the future occupants by the reason of the size of units and lack of usable outdoor amenity space.”

The report also raised about the uncompliant parking provision which it says would likely lead to “inconsiderate and illegal” parking on nearby roads and the impact on a tree on neighbouring land.