Test Valley planners have approved a scheme for a new car park at Romsey School, after it was previously deferred. 

The proposal was to remove a hedgerow, trees and 10 car parking bays to facilitate a bus bay and 15 new parking bays along the northern boundary and planting.

It was deferred by Test Valley Borough Council's southern area planning committee on Tuesday, August 15, but was approved on Tuesday, September 26. 

The deferral was due to ongoing concerns from Priestlands residents over noise pollution and a lack of communication from the school.

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Headteacher Annie Eagle told the committee that a meeting had since been held with residents. Mrs Eagle said: “We are aware of our proximity to the residential area. We want to foster positive relations with our neighbours. 

“We will make sure signage shows the new spaces as being for staff only. They really are necessary. Some staff describe the stress of not knowing where to park in the mornings. 

“We will be planting 420 new saplings on the other side of the site. Pupils will also be planting a wild flower meadow by the tennis courts.”

Cllr John Parker said: “I'm glad to hear about the ongoing discussions between the school and Priestlands residents. We have got to the point where we can grant permission.”

Cllr Sandra Gidley said: “I feel it's difficult to find grounds to refuse this. I hope further considerations will be given to the residents of Priestlands.”

The committee voted in favour of the plan, with one abstention.