A NEW licensing application has been submitted for a multi-million pound retirement village in Romsey.

If Audley Stanbridge Earls Management is given the green light by Test Valley Borough Council, the retirement home in Old Salisbury Lane will be able to play music outdoors from 12pm 12am every Friday and Saturday as part of their plan to host an annual fete and garden parties.

However, concerns have been raised about the level of noise in the neighbourhood as the retirement home would host dance performances from 8am to midnight every Friday and Saturday during the summer. Audley Stanbridge Earls would also be able to sell alcohol for people both on and off the site from 8am to 11pm on Sunday through to Thursday, which will extend to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Cllr Nick Adams-King, who represents Blackwater on the borough council, said: "They are looking to licence an enormous amount of garden and a lot of neighbours will not be happy because of the noise disturbance.

"My concern is to do with the outside space, as I do not see the need to have dancing and live music outside.

"I completely accept people over the age of 60 may want to listen to live music, but I am not sure why they want to have an outdoor area for plays and films.

"If they wanted to hold a fete they could apply for a one-off licence and they would not need to have the licence the whole time."

The planning application also looks to host plays and films outside from 8am to 11pm from June through to September.

The applicant is also looking to play record music everyday from 8am to 11pm and this will be extended to 12am on Friday and Saturday.

Managing Director at Audley Group, Paul Morgan, said: “Events, like summer fairs and garden parties are important in creating a strong sense of community at our villages, not just among our property owners, but importantly with people who live in the local area.

"Our events typically take place during the day and offer a chance for property owners to invite their family and friends to enjoy the grounds and incredible facilities, something that is welcomed at our villages around the UK.

"We look forward to welcoming everyone once the Audley Stanbridge Earls officially opens later this year.”

Residents who want to make a comments on the application should send them to mwhite@testvalley.gov.uk by November 15.