RESIDENTS are in uproar after plans have been lodged to turn a popular Fareham sports club into flats.

The plans lodged by London and Cambridge Properties Ltd propose to change use of Stubbington Sports Club in Stubbington Green into nine flats.

A decision is set to be made by March 22.

Councillor Carolyn Heneghan who represents the Stubbington ward said it would be “criminal to get rid of the facility.”

She added: “The gym has a lot a community value.

“The gym equipment is second to none and it definitely contributes more than nine flats would.

“I absolutely want these plans overturned as people don’t want this happening.

Martyn Styler, 35, who set up the facility more than a year ago said: “I think it is atrocious that peoples opinions and views are not being heard.

“These plans are putting a lot of pressure on me and I’m concerned for my family’s future.

“We have more than 300 members and this would be a huge loss to the community.

“The sports hall is bringing business to the village whereas flats will just drive it away.”

Residents have also written to Fareham Borough Council sharing their views about the plans.

April Hassett added: “As a member of the rate club it is clear to see that the current tennant, Martyn Styler, is striving for success not only for himself but for the community.

Councillor Nick Walker, Fareham council planning boss, said: “As a result of the level of public interest in the proposal the planning application will be reported to the planning committee in due course for determination.”