PLANNING consultancy Tanner & Tilley was instrumental in winning planning permission for 23 homes on the site of a builders’ depot.

The Southbourne firm worked with Williams Lester Architects to get approval for the development at Grove Road and Queen Katherine Road, Lymington.

The development will enable Travis Perkins to move its builders’ to the Ampress Business Park on the north side of Lymington.

An earlier appeal hearing rejected plans for 23 houses on the grounds that they did not reflect the character and appearance of the adjoining town centre conservation area. The inspector was also concerned about the impact on neighbouring preserved trees and over the scale of the development behind homes in Queen Katherine Road.

The approved scheme was designed to provide a transition between the suburban housing around Queen Katherine Road and the tighter-knit terraces characteristic of Grove Road and the conservation area.

The scheme also includes a courtyard of mews cottages at the back of the proposed terrace housing. There will be 12 affordable homes as well as improvements to existing open space in the town centre.

The project attracted strong opposition from nearby residents and some councillors but the applicant satisfied the district council’s planning committee that it had addressed the appeal inspector’s previous concerns.