WORK to build up to 300 houses near Romsey could soon begin if given the green light by planning chiefs tomorrow.

As reported, in 2018 a planning application was granted permission by Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) to construct the homes in Hoe Lane as part of the council's local plan.

However, it is believed nitrogen pollution in the Solent, which has caused a backlog in planning applications, has meant the plans need to be examined again before a decision is made on Tuesday.

It was revealed nitrogen from housing wastewater and agricultural sources accelerated the growth of algae, which is believed to be damaging protected wildlife habitats and bird species around the straight that separates the Isle of Wight and England.

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This means TVBC's Southern Area Planning Committee will aim to ensure the applicant's, The Ashfield Partnership, development is "nitrate neutral" in a bid to protect the environment, according to a council document.

Deputy leader for TVBC, Cllr Nick Adams-King, said: "I’m pleased the developers have worked so proactively and positively with TVBC to create a solution to the nitrates issue for this strategic site which is agreeable to Natural England.

"The provision of housing in Hoe Lane is central to Test Valley meeting our Government housing targets, so finding a solution is clearly important for us all.”

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As previously reported in the Romsey Advertiser, residents and councillors objected to the plans in 2018 citing traffic issues and access from the single-track lane.

Despite concerns, community leaders at TVBC approved the application after The Ashfield Partnership agreed to more passing places.

The development on the road was initially established when the borough's local plan was approved by a government inspector in 2016, though North Baddesley councillors managed to reduce the number on the site from 500 down to 300.

The Ashfield Partnership has been contacted for comment.