PLANS for 35 new houses in Romsey have been approved, despite 13 public objections.

The application, submitted by LandQuest UK (Southern) Ltd, was approved by Test Valley Borough Council's southern area planning committee on July 19.

This means that 35 new houses can be built at Cupernham Lane following the demolition of the existing dwelling and other outbuildings.

Despite this, local groups raised concerns about the application.

Romsey Extra Parish Council said: “Housing is too dense and the design of the homes lack character and are out of keeping with the area.”

Romsey and District Society's planning committee said: “It fails to integrate, respect or complement the local setting and is out of context with the established settlement.

“The proposal is more akin to an inappropriate urban aesthetic applied to a rural location.”

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust objected to the plan. They said: “The application as its stands represents a net loss of biodiversity, insufficient appraisal on protected species and environmental impact and falls short of the expectations in pending planning guidance.

“In summary, the Trust considers this proposal to lack the information and clarity required to determine its appropriateness within the setting and currently in contravention of TVBC policies.”

However the planning officer, Paul Goodman, recommended the application for approval.

In the officer's report, it said: “The location of the site in a sustainable location and comparable to a recent permissions granted at appeal and issued by the council which is a strong material consideration in favour of the principle of development.

“Potential concerns with regard to the impact on trees, protected species and landscape have been resolved. Subject to securing the required consultation responses, conditions and legal obligations the proposed development is considered acceptable.”

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