AN appeal has been lodged after plans to build four detached homes in a Waterside village were thrown out.

New Forest District Council refused to support an application relating to a site known as St Jude in Roman Road, Hythe.

Listing its reasons the council said the proposal failed to respect the character and identity of the area.

It described the scheme as out of character, claiming the “oppressive” development would result in the loss of privacy and amenity.

It added: “The proposed new access would be through a group of trees protected by a preservation order.

“It is likely to have a serious and detrimental impact on the health and lifespan of those trees.”

The council said any loss of trees would “seriously undermine” the character and attractiveness of the site and its relationship with adjoining land and buildings.

The proposal was rejected in July but the applicant is hoping a government-appointed planning inspector will quash the authority’s decision.