A holiday let bid in North Berwick town centre has been approved by planners despite concerns raised by North Berwick Community Council (NBCC).

The first-floor property at 3C Church Road faces onto the town's Westgate with access coming from the adjacent Church Road.

The community council had raised concerns about the internal courtyard area which was shared with two other properties and the effect this would have on privacy.

However, the planning officer dismissed these concerns by stating that "the courtyard area is not included within the hire".

The concern was raised due to the community council's position to object to proposals that have a shared entrance or stairwell.

The original planning statement did, however, clarify this by confirming that the property did not have a shared stairwell and has its own entrance.

NBCC raised the decision at its April meeting, with treasurer Christiane Maher commenting that she found it "concerning" that planning officers had overlooked NBCC's objection and granted permission for the proposal.

The home was previously owned by applicant Mr Stewart Carter's parents as a residential property but he has now applied for a change of use with East Lothian Council planners.

Refurbishment inside the property has already begun, with the statement reading that the applicant is intending to create "high quality visitor accommodation" with an unchanged floor plan.

It will be managed by North Berwick Holiday Homes, who would assume all responsibility for bookings and management if the plans are to be approved.

The home has two bedrooms and one bathroom, allowing for a maximum occupancy of four people but has no designated spaces for vehicles.

Guests would be obligated to stay for a minimum period of five nights to reduce "frequency of movement" and help maintain residential amenity.