PLANS for a new scout hut on in Alderholt have been approved.

Dorset Council has granted planning permission for the installation of the new building on the rifle club site in Hillbury Road.

In a report submitted with its application, Alderholt Scout Group said: "The proposed site will provide a safe and secure place for young members of the community to meet and improve their social skills."

The application was supported by Alderholt Parish Council which said, in a letter, that the area was “extremely lucky” to have a group willing to provide facilities for youngsters.

It had been working with the scouts on the project over the last few years.

The new home for the scout group will replace the rifle club building which has already been demolished.

A report published on Monday approving the scheme said there were no issues which could warrant refusing permission.