A couple hoping to convert a storage shed into two homes off Helston town centre have failed to find support.

Helston Town Council recommended refusal of the plans from Paul and Judith Billing, who want to convert and extend a building at 62b Meneage Street.

This lies just behind the main row of shops and houses, down an alleyway behind Whirlwind Sports, with the building currently used as storage for a shop although it is owned separately.

The homes would have a shared courtyard for storing waste and recycling, with no dedicated parking due to on-street parking being available, the application states.

The town council's planning committee were not in favour, believing it to be an overdevelopment of the site. They were also concerned about the lack of outdoor space and an increased risk of surface water, as the current run-off is pipped into the drainage system but there are no plans to manage this from the new homes.

Councillors heard concerns from neighbours that the vehicle access, which was needed due to disability, could be obstructed while the homes were being built.

Cornwall Council will make the final decision.