A planned expansion at a mid Suffolk attraction will not go ahead after two proposals were refused by the district council. 

Stonham Barns, near Stowmarket, submitted two planning applications to Mid Suffolk District Council earlier this year.

One set of plans, which was refused on Thursday, October 26, included a change of use for agricultural land to become a caravan and camping site with four toilet and shower blocks. 

The other plan, for retention of a leisure lake, car park and changing rooms and continued use of land for siting six 'shepherd's huts' caravans, was also refused on Thursday. 

The plans for the new caravan and camping area were deemed to fail to demonstrate an overriding business need for the development, as well as provide sufficient information on the parking provision and a flood risk assessment.

Meanwhile, the plans for the leisure lake were found to cause visual harm to the existing landscape, and, again, a lack of need for the development was identified.

Both proposals were refused by Mid Suffolk District Council officers.