Green light for giant polythene tunnel

A GIANT polythene tunnel in the Hampshire countryside has been given the thumbs up – despite widespread opposition.

Parish councillors in Wellow, Sherfield English and Plaitford along with residents in the area had expressed concerns about John Cooper’s controversial scheme on land next to Jays Orchard at Wellow near Romsey.

They are worried the development, which is close to a public footpath, will be visually “intrusive” and is inappropriate development for the countryside.

However, the majority of councillors on Test Valley’s southern area planning committee supported the scheme involving the erection of the 18 metre polytunnel and an associated timber shed.

But Blackwater ward councillor Gordon Bailey, whose patch covers Wellow, didn’t side with them.

Supporting the objectors, Mr Bailey said: “It will have an impact.

“Residents in Wellow see this development as another encroachment into the countryside, as do Wellow Parish Council.”

Members approved the application by 11 votes to six.

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