Plans for extensions to a house in Ampfield can proceed after permission was granted.

The application was for a two storey rear extension and single storey side extension at a property in Ampfield Hill.

Test Valley Borough Council's southern area planning committee permitted the plans on January 31. 

An objection had been submitted by Ampfield Parish Council, but no deputations were made to the committee in person to oppose it.

Planning agent Tony Blunn said: “The design respects the village setting and uses privacy screens.”

Applicant John Durman said: “We want this to be a family home. I hope you permit this.”

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Ampfield Parish Council's objection raised concerns over possible overdevelopment, loss of amenity for neighbours and impacting the character of the area.

Dr Kate Moon, of Ampfield Hill, submitted an objection. It said: When we moved to our current home one year ago we could not see Sunnyside House at all due to a line of conifer / leylandii trees or similar along the boundary. We had complete privacy and seclusion in our home and garden. Since then then there has been a huge amount of construction and noise and our view has been compromised.

“The new 'annexe' building (gymnasium and games room) is very overbearing to our property and built in very dark materials, unlike others in the area and quite out of character. The joining of this to the main house and the new rear extensions would create a building very large for the size of the plot and cause us even more loss of privacy.”

Despite these concerns, the committee permitted the plan unanimously.