Councillors are to debate plans that would see up to 62 homes built on Hampshire countryside.

The proposal, by Bryan Jexeph Consultancy Ltd, would see development of a site at Providence Hill, in Bursledon.

Although local residents have raised concerns, the council’s report recommends granting outline permission with 33 conditions.

The land is part of an area allocated for housing in the new Eastleigh Local Plan, a outline of how land is to be used in the borough up to 2029, which has recently been submitted to Government.

Seven people have objected to the plans submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council.

They raise fears around congestion, the ability of the drainage system to cope, loss of countryside, increased noise, insufficient school places, its visual impact and that the site has been put forward before the Local Plan has been formally adopted. However, the council officer’s report says that the “development can demonstrate elements of being economically, socially and environmentally sustainable”.

It says it would provide private and affordable housing, open space and improvements to the footpaths while construction will provide jobs and once built it will increase the local workforce.

The report acknowledges the loss of undeveloped land and trees, but said these did not outweigh the benefits.

Councillors on the Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee will decide on the plans tonight at a meeting at Hamble Primary School at 6pm.