Romsey Town Council has overwhelmingly rejected the borough’s latest planning blueprint for the area, which includes 1,300 homes at Whitenap.

In a recorded vote all 11 members at a full council meeting voted against the revised draft Borough Local Plan. Councillors fear that the proposed Whitenap homes would have a major impact on Romsey and its environs, including Broadlands.

The town council is also accusing borough planners of ignoring more than 1,000 objections to the proposed Whitenap development.

The council also has concerns about potential traffic implications on the town, and has also expressed concerns that borough planners have used land owned by a single landowner to provide space to build 1,600 homes – this includes the Whitenap site and one at Hoe Lane, North Baddesley, earmarked for 300 homes.

Both sites are owned by Timothy Knatchbull, of the Ashfield Estate.