Tree specialists have been given the green light to build a trade-only nursery after winning a narrow vote by councillors.

Peter Drake can now develop his enterprise on land at the rear of Timberwharf Cottages in Beeches Road with poly tunnels and a new entrance for lorries.

The decision on the application had been deferred so councillors could visit the site.

However, head of planning Shaun Scrutton recommended the application for refusal because it would change the appearance of the landscape from grazing and unspoilt coastline to hard surfacing and agricultural buildings.

Chris Black (Lib Dem, Downhall and Rawreth) said: "I can understand why the officers are recommending it for refusal, but this is a modest application.

"It doesn't look that open. It looks a little bit closed already and I don't think the environment would suffer for having this application approved."

Michael Starke (Cons, Hawkwell North) said: "I think this one really just goes to show the value of the site visit because you get an entirely different view on it by being there. I am minded to support the proposal."

However, concerns were raised about heavy traffic in the area, which is close to a sharp bend in Beeches Road.

Heather Glynn (Cons, Hawkwell South) said: "My main concern is a new entrance. Beeches Road is a very well used road and to have lorries and heavy vehicles coming out is ridiculous."

Councillors voted to approve the plans by 15 to 12.