PLANS to turn former public toilets into offices have been flushed away.

New Forest District Council has rejected an application to transform the old conveniences in School Road, Fawley, into a two-storey building.

The toilets were closed following a spate of vandalism in 2009 and have remained empty.

Two previous applications to use the site for housing were refused. Now the council has also rejected the office scheme after criticising the design.

A report said: "The proposed development, which would occupy a prominent position at the centre of Fawley village, would provide a poor quality and contrived addition to the streetscene."

Six locals had lodged objections to the scheme, which had also been opposed by the local parish council.

It cited the "overpowering impact" of the proposal and also raised concerns about parked cars blocking access to shops in the village.