A PLANNING inspector has upheld Wiltshire Council's refusal to allow a new studio apartment in Corsham, arguing that the proposed building would have a detrimental effect on the surrounding area and the potential occupants.

Liam Healy appealed against the council's refusal to let him build the apartments on Charles Street but his appeal was dismissed by planning inspector GP Jones on December 18.

He said: "The proposal would provide an additional dwelling of a type that is in-demand, and which would be located with good access to the range of shops, services and facilities in Corsham.

"This would provide a very limited boost to housing supply and would create some economic benefits through the construction works.

"However, this is a small and constrained site and the proposal would have a significant detrimental effect on the character and appearance of the area and the living conditions of the future occupants."

An application for costs against both parties was also refused.