PLANS for a bungalow extension has divided a cul de sac in Winchester.

Neighbours are unhappy about plans for side extensions at Jaspers, Farley Close, in Oliver's Battery.

A Ms Dade has made the application to enlarge a three-bedroom home to a five-bedroom one, sparking eight objections and two letters of support.

Objector Celia Palmer addressed the planning committee: "We urge you to reject this massive extension because it will set a precedent for Farley and Shepherds Close. It is out of keeping and proportion and more than doubles the bungalow's existing floor plan."

Brian Mitchener, of Oliver's Battery Parish Council, agreed: "This will change the appearance of the close and make it cluttered and overdeveloped."

Opponents of the plan say creating a larger home aimed at families will lead to a reduction of bungalows which are aimed at older people.

Janet Dade spoke in support: "We need to extend but have tried very hard to reflect the style of the close. The bungalow frontage facing the road is unchanged. The designs respects our neighbours' privacy."

She said she, her daughter, son in law and baby would live in the property.

"I have lived in Oliver's Battery for over 30 years. My daughter was born here, went to primary school. I have worked there and seen it thrive and struggle. I believe Oliver's Battery should encourage young families to move here. It needs a variety to function well."

The planning committee agreed that it should visit the site before making a decision, so the application was deferred.