Winchester City Council have approved plans for a terrace of large homes to be built at the former residence of a famous Hampshire architect.

Plans to knock down Warren Cottage in Harestock Road and replace it with two, four-bed and one five-bed terrace dwellings were approved despite objections from the Parish Council.

The Parish council branded the design of the three story terrace 'inappropriate and institutional.' Instead hoping that plans could be amended to make better use of the site and provide smaller two and three bedroom properties.

Planning officers said the plans were in keeping with other similar developments in the area.

Councillor Thérèse Evan's said:" So are we saying that once an area gets a larger house that's it?"

Rob Carter Managing Director of developer Millgate, Said that they could not create smaller dwellings because of an arboretum of trees with preservation orders constrained how the site could be arranged.

"If it weren't for the trees it would have opened up opportunities, but you have to look at character"

Warren Cottage was the previous home of famous Winchester architect Rodger Brown, who built 'the model' a large replica of the city of Winchester and the surrounding area.

Councillor Ian Tait said: "The applicant has respected the past with this application in respecting the wishes of the previous occupant - Rodger Brown, a well-known Winchester architect."

The committee voted unanimously to approve the plans.