PLANS to demolish a golf clubhouse and build a new steakhouse, which would have created 50 new jobs, have been given the chop.

A planning application was submitted to Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) to create a new Miller & Carter at Chilworth Golf Club.

The steakhouse would have boasted 193 car parking spaces and 16 cycle spaces.

TVBC planning chiefs stated the application was rejected because the restaurant building was seen as an "unjustified development in a countryside location", adding the new steakhouse could "undermine the viability of existing town centres".

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They stressed the scheme would not provide enough onsite car parking spaces, citing there is a "shortfall of 46 spaces", while adding the plans would create "a significant amount of additional on street parking" for nearby roads.

As reported, deputy leader of TVBC, Cllr Nick Adams-King, backed the plans.

He praised the firm for wanting to "invest in Test Valley" and believed the application showed "confidence in the area".

A document submitted by the applicant, Mitchells & Butlers PLC and Manor Golf Company, said the proposal looked to "demolish the existing golf clubhouse and create a restaurant to be operated by Mitchells & Butlers as a Miller & Carter Steakhouse restaurant on this part of the site".

They told the local authority the restaurant would have provided "a complementary function to Chilworth Golf Club, providing a restaurant for golf club members and the public”.

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The document also highlighted the golf clubhouse would have been "relocated to the southern part of the site", where it could have provided "a club shop and a lounge area for members can relax before or after a game of golf”.

The plans were rejected on June 3.

Miller & Carter is owned and operated by Mitchells and Butlers PLC, who run around 1,700 restaurants and pubs across the UK.

Mitchells and Butlers PLC has been contacted for comment.