PLANS to build 65 homes in Stoneham Park, Eastleigh could soon be given the green light.

The application has been submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council to erect 65 homes on the land South of Chestnut Avenue and North Stoneham Park, adding to the 1,100 home development that was previously given the go ahead in 2015.

If approved, the development would provide 65 homes, 21 of which being classed as "affordable housing".

Alongside the houses, car parking, drainage, roads and footways, landscaping and public open space are also proposed to be built by developer, Highwood Homes.

This is an application that has been re-submitted from the proposal in 2017, which originally suggested a further 39 homes should be built, many of which were planned to be four or five bedroom houses.

However, this time, Highwood Homes have addressed the need for "affordable accommodation" and have opted to propose more homes with less bedrooms to allow first time buyers to benefit from the development.

Eastleigh Borough Council leader Keith House said: "This is a positive response from the developer to build smaller family homes to better meet local need.”

This comes as part of a much wider scheme to build 1,100 homes, a new school, a care home, shops and transport links in Stoneham Park in Eastleigh, which was given the green light in 2015.

The controversial plans provoked almost 150 objections, and many residents and councillors campaigned against the proposal being accepted.

As previously reported, Margaret Atkinson, of the Chandler's Ford Parish Council, said: "We have significant concerns as to the impact this development will have on the gap between Eastleigh and Southampton. It will make travel at peak times very difficult."

Another resident said the initial development was too large and would have a “catastrophic” effect on Stoneham Lane.

The consultation period on the application for an additional 65 homes is due to end on February 16, but the date it will appear in front of the committee is yet to be decided.