AN ICONIC Romsey landmark has finally been given the green light to begin their £300,000 extension - though work may not start until next year.

The Plaza Theatre in Romsey is due to be extended to allow for extra wing room, hidden lighting and more backstage and equipment room - this means performing a rear roof extension to create a higher building.

The original application, which was submitted in 2016 and early 2017 was refused due to obstructing sunlight which would be too overbearing for neighbouring houses.

But it was again altered in 2017 which was accepted due to conditions.

Now, at the Southern Area Planning Committee meeting, on January 28, revised issues with the equipment room and air conditioning units were discussed and the extension was finally given the go ahead.

However, Councillor Neil Gwynne, who is a member of Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RADOS) at the Plaza Theatre, said work may not begin until next year due to "extra scope" which is needed to complete the extension.

Cllr Gwynne said they need a year of regular income to get the money together and get started on the roof extension.

He added: "I am absolutely chuffed, over the last 10 years every square inch of the theatre has had work to it and this was the last bit. It was always going to be the most expensive, that is why we are grateful for the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy).

"In simple terms, we are increase space and wing room because compared to a lot of theatres we do not have much.

"It will increase the turnover of shows and increase the viewing experience as the lighting will be much more hidden."

Test Valley Borough Council awarded £200,000 to the Plaza Theatre in Romsey in November to go towards the extension which will allow for a major upgrade of the facility.

The money comes from the CIL, which the council charges on new development across the borough that meets certain criteria.

Those looking to provide new infrastructure, facilities or services can then bid for a share of the levy money.