ANGRY Romsey residents have voiced their objections over 14 houses which could be given the green light.

Residents were alerted to the planning application after it was submitted to Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) to build the houses in Cupernham Lane.

Critics of the application, submitted by LandQuest UK (Southern) Limited, claim the plans will increase congestion along the road as the development would offer 54 new car parking spaces.

Others worry the environment will suffer at the hands of the development if trees are chopped down to make way for the houses.

Robert Hilton, from Oxlease Meadows, said: "As one of the closest houses to the proposed developments, the increased traffic on Cupernham lane will have an adverse effect on our quiet neighbourhood and there will be increased noise to the area.

"Overdevelopment of the area of land around the water meadows will impact the environment.

"There is also some element of trees between us and the development and should any development be granted we would like a Tree Preservation Order put in place to ensure any house owners could not remove these trees."

He added: "Our house will be overlooked by the development and this includes our garden and child's bedroom."

Danny Gasser, from Oxlease Meadows, said: "What will the council do to prevent a reduction in air quality and an increase in noise pollution, particularly considering there is a nursery opposite the proposed site - our daughter attends the nursery and spends most of her time outside both at the nursery and at home?

"We would also be concerned about screening and would not want further development to be overlooking the homes at Oxlease Meadows.

"Any trees which provide screening would need to be protected and outside of the properties to avoid future owners simply removing them."

He added: "As the development would be at the top of the hill, we would be concerned about surface water run off, and how this will be prevented from flowing downhill and flooding Oxlease Meadows.

"There is already significant amount of water running through the drainage ditch - often for days after it has finished raining, any further development needs to include plans to direct water in a different direction."

A spokesperson from LandQuest UK said: "LandQuest UK have worked closely with the council's planning and arboricultural officers with the aim to retain the majority of trees on the site.

"All trees have been professionally surveyed; those that are of low quality or coming to the end of their safe and useful natural life expectancy will be removed, with their loss mitigated with significant new on-site tree planting proposed. "Trees along the western boundary adjoining Oxlease Meadows are protected by Tree Protection Orders."

They added: "The proposed 42 car parking spaces (excluding garages) are in accordance with the council's minimum parking standards.

"As is normal practice in planning, a financial contribution in the region of £200,000 towards the improvement of community infrastructure would be provided."

The planning application is due to be decided by TVBC by February 10, 2020.

LandQuest UK (Southern) Limited has been contacted for comment.