RESIDENTS will be able to have their say on plans to build more than 1,300 homes in the Hampshire countryside.

Developer The Ashfield Partnership wants to build the homes on land between Southampton Road and Luzborough Lane, in Whitenap near Romsey.

The new neighbourhood would also feature a primary school, a community hall and local centre, as well as cycle links to the A27 using a new bridge over the railway line.

The scheme is part of Test valley Council's local plan and will include a mix of homes but according to the builder “40 percent of the properties would be affordable housing”.

Now The Ashfield Partnership is to give concerned residents their say on the plans.

The company has opened a shop in the centre of Romsey to discuss their proposals.

Situated at 39 The Hundred the shop will be open today, Thursday and Friday and be opened again next week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and $pm.

The move comes after a drop in event at Mountbatten School earlier this month when dozens turned up to give their views.

Romsey Future, a project that aims to ensure the town's future is a vibrant and thriving market town, have welcomed the consultation.

A spokesman said: "It is also reassuring because they're not just doing it without listening to what people think, as the public aren't stupid.

"The Ashfield Partnership seem to be doing their best here and we are looking at this carefully."

A spokesman for The Ashfield Partnership said: "The Ashfield Partnership was thrilled that so many people managed to turn out on a wet and windy winter evening to help us shape the masterplan for Whitenap.

"We are so grateful to everybody for giving up their time."