THE tables have been turned on members of one of Hampshire’s last remaining snooker clubs.

Developers London and Cambridge Properties Limited have appealed against a decision by Fareham Borough Council to rejects its plans to convert Stubbington Green snooker hall into flats.

London and Cambridge Properties Limited want to covert club into 10 apartments.

Recommendation’s were originally made by planning officers to approve the development on the basis that there would be no adverse visual impact on the surrounding area.

More than a thousand names on a petition were presented to the council when the development was originally unveiled in April and following a strong campaign, regulars celebrated at the end of June after the council threw out the plans.

The club’s landlords Kevin White and Lisa Hodgson were were shocked to find out about the appeal on social media.

Kevin said: “We have had no notification of this at all and only found out yesterday morning.

“We are going to discuss on how to take this further.”

Planning committee members threw out the plans, claiming the scheme did not provide adequate parking space for residents of the new units which would put pressure on on-street parking. Councillors also thought residents of the new flats would suffer from the noise and refuse smells created by the shops below them.

Conservative councillor Chris Wood, who represents Stubbington on the council, said: “The reasons for the refusal were sound and I expect the council to uphold these and fight the appeal.

“It is a community facility that is enjoyed by a significant number of Stubbington people.”

UKIP councillor Carolyn Heneghan, who also represents Stubbington, added that she was disappointed to hear about the news.

When approached by the Echo, London and Cambridge Properties declined to comment.

However, in a statement to the council they said they were appealing because the reasons for the refusal were not acceptable in planning terms.

The appeal will be heard by the Planning Inspectorate later on this year.