A Horndean resident has been given until mid-April to dismantle two “unsightly” log stores in front of their historic home.

The planning inspector stepped in after the stores were built in front of a Grade II listed Tudor-era cottage on Catherington Lane.

And they sided with the enforcement officers at EHDC, agreeing they damaged the “visual beauty” of the building and the character of the period property.

The owner of the property, thought to be one of the oldest in East Hampshire, will be committing a criminal offence if they don’t remove the outbuildings by mid-April.

Cllr Sara Schillemore, councillor for Horndean Catherington, said: “The log stores to the front of the property have been a problem for some time, obscuring the view of a trio of beautiful early Tudor, timber built, thatched cottages.“

“I am very pleased to have this issue resolved and look forward to their early removal.”