AN EMPTY industrial complex will remain a “white elephant” after controversial plans were thrown out by politicians when they overturned recommendations to approve it.

Alpha Park, which was once earmarked as Hampshire Constabulary's headquarters, has been turned down by members of Test Valley Borough Council’s southern area planning committee.

Developers had wanted to turn the Electron Way site into an industrial complex with three warehouse and distribution facilities.

It is the second major blow to Hampshire businesses in a week after plans for Adanac Park were blocked by the planning inspector.

That too had also been thrown out by councillors on Test Valley Borough Council.

Eastleigh Borough Council had previously given their approval for the part development lying in their jurisdiction.

During an hour-long debate, residents living nearby said they would be “blighted in light and noise” from the 980 vehicles which would be allowed to visit there 24 hours a day.

But Kristine Salomon-Olson spoke on behalf of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

She said: “The development will provide £12 million of private sector investment into the local economy and will create up to 180 jobs, many of which will be available to local people throughout the construction and operation phases.”

Test Valley Borough and Valley Park Parish Councillor, Alan Dowden, said: “I would ask every councillor to consider would they like these 24-hour distribution units taking place within 40 to 50 metres of where they live.

“I would support employment opportunities, but this type of 24-hour operations should be located well away from residential areas.”

After the matter was refused, Paul Jackson, head of planning and building at Test Valley Borough council said the reasons for refusal, the disturbance from vehicles at night.

He said the application would be sent to the borough council’s planning control committee for further debate.

“We don’t believe that that’s a reason that could be sustained at appeal,” he said.