CITY councillors approved a controversial scheme for a new home in a former walled garden in Abbots Worthy, despite residents’ concerns about the danger of increased traffic.

The plans, which will see a new two-storey home in Mill Lane despite receiving 11 objections.

Residents have said that the new dwelling will add to traffic in the cul de sac with another car having to venture onto the B3047, via a blind corner.

Speaking at the city council planning committee Mill Lane resident, Matthew Alabaster said that he had several near misses and had seen several accidents on the road.

However, highways officer Nick Culhane said that there had been no injury accidents reported on the road in the last 10 years.

“The B3047 used to be a dangerous road, but since the speed limit was reduced to 40 mph, accidents have reduced significantly. Though residents have pushed for a further reduction to 30 mph. Hampshire County Council has seen no justification to do so,” he said.

Cllr Kim Gottlieb said: “Personally, I don’t think one house will make a difference, but maybe we could improve the road.”

The proposed site, which was formerly part of a walled garden leading to Abbots Worthy House, is surrounded by a Grade II-listed boundary wall, and is adjacent to several other listed properties.

Despite not having any historical context, it was proposed that planning be granted based upon the owner maintaining the upkeep of the wall.

Cllr Jane Rutter raised concerns that planting used to screen the new home could undermine the stability of the wall.

However, Historic Environment Team Leader Rachael White said: “The planting shouldn’t be invasive and we will make sure that planting is appropriate.”

Mr Alabaster, however, was not convinced by the proposals for the home which he said would tower above the walls and be invasive.

The committee however felt that the plans included adequate screening and that there was enough distance between each property to prevent over looking.

Cllr Ian Tait, who voted in favour of the application said: “The applicant has come up with a high quality design which shows appreciation for the local area.

“It was well worked through and has clear support from officers. This also gives us an opportunity to secure the continued maintenance of the wall.”

Cllr Gottlieb said: “I have every sympathy with the road users. It’s not a great situation but I don’t believe one additional house will change or compromise the road as residents will take turns launching themselves onto the B3047.

The plans were approved by seven councillors votes to one.