PLANS for a new industrial estate which aimed to create 70 new jobs in Hampshire have been thrown out.

The proposal for the new development at an agricultural site along Allington Lane in West End has been refused by an independent planning inspector.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the Solent Real Estate’s proposal was set for an appeal hearing in July after planners at Eastleigh Borough Council refused to grant permission.

Council planners had stated it represented an “inappropriate” and “unjustified” form of development within an “unsustainable and poorly accessible location”.

Now, during a meeting of the Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee on September 11, planning bosses confirmed that the appeal has been dismissed over concerns regarding access and the environmental impact.

A report issued by the planning inspector also highlighted a lack of evidence that the development could have been achieved on the proposed site.

Bruce Tennent, councillor for West End North ward, said: “The reason for the application to be turned down is that the site it is not easily accessible on foot, by cycle or public transport.

“You can only get there by car.

“It’s not a sustainable application and that’s why it was refused.

“Also lots of residents weren’t happy.

“It would have increased the volume of traffic. “

As previously reported, the new development aimed to create 70 new jobs.

But Cllr Tennent added: “The 70 jobs would have been created but how would those people get to work there?

“We need people to be able to get to work by public transport, without using their cars.”

The Daily Echo contacted the applicant but it declined to comment.