A workshop in open countryside is set to be demolished as “two young farmers” make way for a new storage building.

Objectors said the proposal for land south of Beckley, is an “inappropriate development in the Green Belt” during Monday's South Oxfordshire District Council planning meeting.

The building is 22 per cent larger than the existing building with opponents of the scheme claiming the development will increase traffic and cause harm to the open area.

Terrence Goad, who spoke out against the proposal, dubbed it “another development that is chipping away at the Green Belt”.

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Oxford Mail: Aerial view of surrounding area.Aerial view of surrounding area. (Image: South Oxfordshire District Council.)

A statement from Beckley Parish Council said: “The building would represent inappropriate development in the Green Belt as it is materially larger than the existing barn.

“Furthermore, the development would create an overbearing impact which would create a loss in light to neighbouring occupants.”

Two additional car parking spaces will come to the site with the new storage building having a 140 square metre footprint and a maximum height of 4.8 metres.

Oxford Mail: New building.New building. (Image: South Oxfordshire District Council.)

A planning paper notes the replacement building will be “situated away from site boundaries which adjoin neighbouring gardens, unlike the buildings which are proposed for demolition which are situated on the site’s eastern boundary”.

An officer said at the meeting: “No objection has been raised by immediate neighbours to the site.

“The proposal maintains the opening of the green belt and it is supported by greenbelt policy.”

The application was passed by councillors unanimously.