CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new housing development opposed by hundreds of residents in a Hampshire village have been thrown out.

Borough councillors in Eastleigh have rejected the proposals to build up to 70 new homes and associated open spaces on land at Satchell Lane in Hamble.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the plans were put forward by Woolf Bond Planning.

It sparked a heated debate between residents and a total of 203 letters of objection and one letter of observation were sent to the authority.

Objectors raised concerns about the impact the development would have on traffic and the character of the village.

Now the Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Local Area Committee has rejected the plans.

Councillors agreed with planning officers in saying that the proposals represent an inappropriate and unjustified form of development .

They claimed it would have an unacceptably urbanising and visually intrusive impact upon the designated countryside.

An official statement released by the authority also states that the site is considered to be in an unsustainable and poorly accessible location.

It added that the development will not be adequately served by sustainable modes of travel including public transport, cycling and walking.

Elizabeth Lear, borough councillor for Hamble ward, agreed that the scheme should not have gone ahead.

She argued that the houses proposed were “totally unsuitable in all areas: position, access and traffic conditions”.

Sally Schofield, councillor at Hamble Parish Council, said the parish council had also objected the plan.

She added: “The development was unsuitable on so many different levels.

“We were really pleased to see that Hamble residents came out in force and made sensible objections.”

As previously reported, all the plans previously submitted to the borough council to build residential developments on land at Satchell Lane were thrown out.

The developer was contacted by the Daily Echo but was not able to provide a comment when we went to press.