A couple's dreams of a sea view have been quashed after they lost their battle to build a bungalow conversion.

The homeowners in Caister-on-Sea had appealed against Great Yarmouth Borough Council's decision to block their application which had caused a row among locals.

They hoped to convert the one-storey property in order to get a glimpse of the North Sea over the dunes on the beach opposite. 

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The home that is battling to get its sea viewThe home that is battling to get its sea view (Image: Owen Sennitt)

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Neighbours accused "interlopers" of moving into the area, buying up the traditional bungalows before then making them into bigger houses through extensions.

But Barbara Fruish, who moved to Marine Drive from Norwich, argued that her plans were in keeping with other properties in the street that had conversions.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The next door neighbour's dormer extensionsThe next door neighbour's dormer extensions (Image: Owen Sennitt)

Five out of 11 of the homes had one and Mrs Fruish and her husband wanted to build something very similar to their direct neighbours. 

She lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate but the couple have now lost the battle after it was dismissed.

The inspector decided to side with Great Yarmouth Council and said the proposal would "detract from the character and appearance" of the street scene and wider area.