PROPOSALS for a multi-million pound development for the new home of map-makers Ordnance Survey has been given the green light.

Last night members of Test Valley's southern planning committee voted unanimously to accept the first part of a major transformation of Adanac Park, which will create 3,000 new jobs and form a new enterprise gateway into Southampton.

Members heard that the map-making company would be the first business to take up residence in the 74-acre site, which sits east of the southbound carriageway of the M271 at Nursling.

The modern development will feature a new three-storey office complex of 16,409 sq metres, with a neighbouring building for a children's nursery to help meet the needs of some of the company's 1,000 employees who will move from their old headquarters in Maybush in late 2009 or early 2010.

The £40m OS building will also integrate a sound screen and further development on the site will include plans to provide an increased natural barrier from increased noise and pollution caused by extra traffic.

The firm's current premises in Romsey Road will be transformed into Southampton's biggest development with a £200m project for new shops, businesses and homes.