CONTROVERSIAL plans have been approved to extend the length of time marketing signs can be installed a major city centre development.

Councillors gave the green light to the application, which will now see the signage remain at the entrance to the former Hampshire Constabulary headquarters in Romsey Road in Winchester until May 2023.

As previously reported, construction by Berkeley Homes is ongoing at the site to build more than 200 homes. Permission was granted in 2016 to allow temporary signs at the site until August 2020.

More than a dozen angry residents attended the meeting of Winchester City Council’s planning committee to see the plans debated.

The committee heard objections from residents that the signage on the West End Terrace side of the development is not appropriate for a conservation area and that the vehicle access is causing traffic and safety problems in the area.

In total, 43 letters of objection were lodged against the plans.

The decision to approve the proposal by six votes to one comes less than two months after councillors allowed an increase in the number of homes at the site.