A revised application put forward by Gladman Homes to build 115 houses in Wellow and 4 houses in Awbridge was refused by Test Valley's Planning Committee at a meeting in Crosfield Hall, Romsey on Tuesday evening.
The application sought planning permission for homes to be built on land adjacent to Bridge Farm on Romsey Road in Wellow and for the redevelopment on the site of a large house 'Banksia' in Awbridge and a further 4 homes.
The application was met with a high amount of opposition and was initially refused. Test Valley planners recommended the revised application for Wellow should again be refused but recommended the application for Banksia in Awbridge should be permitted.
However, although the committee agreed with the recommendation from planning officers to refuse the application in Wellow, they disagreed with the recommendation to permit the application for Banksia in Awbridge and both applications were refused.
Councillor Nick King commented: "quite rightly the planning committee refused Gladman's cynical and entirely speculative application. Their proposal would have seen 115 houses built in the countryside, increasing the size of the village by over 10% in one application. Should the developers appeal to the Planning Inspectorate we will be helping the village oppose the application ensuring the response is even greater than the huge turnout of residents at the Crosfield Hall for the planning meeting"
" I'm delighted the Planning Committee overwhelmingly voted to refuse the application to build 4 additional houses on the site of Banksia in Romsey Road. In my view the proposal constituted over development setting a dangerous precedent and thereby destroying the character of Awbridge. The fight is not over as officers referred the application to the Planning Control Committee, where I will be taking my argument next month."