REVISED proposals to build more than 100 homes on the outskirts of Romsey were thrown out by planners – in less than 15 minutes!
Scores of villagers applauded when the unanimous decision was made by Test Valley councillors to refuse plans for 115 homes in Wellow.
Gladman Developments Limited applied to build the homes on 7.4 hectares of agricultural land to the southern side of Romsey Road and east of Buttons Lane. This included around 46 homes (40 per cent) set aside for affordable housing.
However, speaking at the Southern Area Planning Committee meeting in Crosfield Hall on Tuesday evening, objector Veronica Perry said the development was "unwarranted, inappropriate and unacceptable".
"Building this many houses will have a negative impact on the area as it will not provide extra public transport or school places (for those that will live there)," added Mrs Perry.
"It will bring with it extra traffic and pollution because there are little-to-no jobs in Romsey and new residents would have to commute out.
"Flooding would also increase there because of the change of land use."
The scheme also received more than 100 written objections from residents and local authorities, including Wellow Parish Council (WPC).
Cllr Alan Clark, of WPC, said: "The parish council is unanimously against this application.
"It is against the Wellow Design Statement and the Test Valley Local Plan."
No speaker from the developers attended the meeting and following the start of the debate at 5.35pm, the decision to refuse was carried before 5.50pm.
As reported, the previous application was also unanimously rejected in January 2016.
Although 40% of the development had been set aside for affordable housing, officers said that future residents would be reliant on private transport.
On Tuesday, Test Valley councillor and committee chairman Gordon Bailey agreed that the planners were right to refuse the proposals.
"As one of the local ward members (for Blackwater ward) I fully support the officer's recommendation of refusal," he said.
"I think he has done a very good job on this application and I fully support him."
Cllr Cooper, member for Romsey Tadburn, urged residents who had not officially opposed the scheme to do so soon, in case of an appeal.
He said: "I would plea that anyone who has not submitted a written opposition will do so soon, so we have a solid case if and when the application goes to appeal."
It is not yet known whether the applicant will appeal the decision.