A PROPOSAL for homes at an industrial site in Alresford has been refused by planning chiefs, despite support from residents.

The application for seven homes by Mr Oliver at New Farm Engineering Ltd, New Farm Road, were recommended for refusal by officers, as it would result in the loss of employment land.

But councillor Richard Izard warned that the site could remain unused if no one wanted a business at the site.

The plans had previously been amended to reduce the number of houses from eight to seven.

It was reported to committee because of the nine letters of support received, contrary to the officer’s recommendation for refusal.

Those in favour of the plans said that the houses would improve the appearance of the area and provide much needed housing.

Agent Nigel Dyer said residents were “delighted” at the proposal for housing on the site.

“I think it’s really quite a clear choice: Do members want to see good local housing for people which is much needed, or are you going to end up with unused land?” he asked.

“I strongly believe housing is the correct way to go forward.”

Councillor Ian Tait proposed a site visit, of which three members were in favour and four were against.

The application was refused, with two abstentions from Cllr Tait and Cllr Berry.