A BID to demolish a Victorian cottage in Lymington to make way for three terraced houses has been withdrawn after criticism.
Lymington-based Steadman Lloyd Construction proposed three townhouses to replace a two-storey former posting cottage next to the Borough Arms pub in Lower Buckland Road.
It is believed to have been built around 1850, but the developer claimed it was in a “poor condition” with a basement prone to flooding.
The replacement townhouse-style properties would provide “affordable housing in a sustainable, town centre location”, it argued.
But documents submitted to New Forest District Council confirmed the developer has now dropped its bid.
Civic group the Lymington Society, which was among objectors, said it was “very pleased” at the news.
A spokesperson added: “This development was entirely unsuitable for this site with architecture that was not at all sympathetic to the surrounding buildings.
“We hope any new proposals with be more in keeping and with more generous accommodation to make them decent places to live.”
As reported in the A&T, neighbours were among the 11 objectors – one of whom lamented the potential loss of a “beautiful old cottage that adds character to the end of the street”.