PINTS will be replaced by homes as building work gets under way in the grounds of a former pub.

Nine affordable properties are being built behind the old Croft pub in Langdown Lawn, Hythe, after planning bosses approved proposals to redevelop the beer garden and a neighbouring piece of land.

Some people living near the site, now a Tesco Express store, had objected to the application. Ken Wright-son, of Deerleap Close, said the new houses would overlook his garden, destroying his privacy. Joanne Findlay, of Langdown Lawn, complained that the development would create extra traffic problems in the area.

She said: “There is a bus stop in the vicinity, which will cause traffic to stop and tailback, as will the extra traffic using Tesco.

“The traffic analysis for this road does not show the three entrances/exits into Langdown Lawn, which are opposite the Croft. Nor does it show clearly the other exits/entrances in the vicinity. This additional development will also make it even harder to cross the road at peak times.”

But despite the objections the application by Langdown Lawn Ltd was approved by New Forest District Council.

A previous proposal to build a three-storey block of 15 flats, with access from neighbouring Knightstone Grange, was thrown out in 2009.

The new houses are due to be finished by March and will be managed by Sover-eign Housing Association.

The Croft closed in 2012 after being sold by the company that owned the 200-year-old building.

Speaking at the time landlady Lynne Kemmish said: “My family would like to thank the staff and all the customers who have supported us and helped us in building up this thriving, innovative, welcoming pub.”