Plans to expand an award-winning tandoori restaurant in Liss have been labelled “large and visually dominant”.

Plans to add a two-storey extension to the side of the Madhuban have been rejected by the South Downs National Park Authority who also felt the extension would be “out of keeping” with the original property and raised concerns about noise, drainage and parking.

The restaurant is one of the most decorated of its kind in Hampshire with countless awards and entries in the Good Curry Guide. An application to expand the restaurant for the second time in two decades was submitted late last year.

The plans included an L-shaped extension to the ground floor and two parking spaces with bedrooms and office space upstairs. But the bid to cover the unsightly patch on the corner of Station Road and Western Road didn’t impress the planning office, with proposals being labelled large and visually dominant.