PLANS to transform one of the gateways to a Hampshire town are likely to be given the go-ahead tomorrow.

Councillors are being urged to approve an application to replace "poor quality" housing at Commercial Road, Totton, with a two-storey complex containing 11 flats.

The site, which is next to one of the main routes in an out of the town, is currently dominated by old buildings and large advertising hoardings.

Town councillors have voiced support for the proposal, describing it as a well thought out scheme that would enhance the area.

The application is due to be decided at tomorrow's meeting of New Forest District Council's planning committee.

A report to councillors says the site is currently occupied by a semi-detached house, two flats in the other half of the building and a commercial unit.

It adds: "The existing accommodation is of poor quality and would therefore not weigh against the scheme. Demolition of the buildings would remove the less attractive features from this prominent site.

"The scheme would deliver additional residential development in a highly sustainable location with economic, environmental and social benefits."

The proposal has been submitted by 220230 Ltd, of Leigh Road, Eastleigh.

A design and access statement that forms part of the application says: "The road is a main route into the centre of Totton.

"The existing buildings on the site have no merit and do not create an attractive entrance to Totton. The proposal will have much softer appearance."

Describing the flats as a "vast improvement" on the existing buildings the statement says the scheme aims to regenerate the eastern end of Commercial Road.

It adds: "The current street scene is not one of merit.

"The replacement of the existing tired buildings and removal of advertising hoarding will greatly enhance the street scene and should be welcomed.

"The application makes efficient use of brownfield land and provides much-needed residential accommodation suited to young professionals in the area.

"Other material considerations do not have sufficient weight to justify a refusal of the application."