PLANS to provide much-needed housing beside a former Hampshire cinema have been approved - exactly a year after a previous proposal was thrown out.
Civic chiefs have supported the latest application to build a block of flats on derelict land behind the old Savoy cinema in Junction Road, Totton.
The cinema closed in 1961 and became a block of flats known as Savoy House before the name was changed to The Old Cinema.
A previous application for flats on adjoining land was rejected by New Forest District Council in September last year.
But members approved the new scheme after hearing the applicants had scrapped plans to axe four of parking spaces serving the 21 homes at The Old Cinema.
A report to councillors confirmed that no spaces would be provided for occupants of the new flats.
It added that the site's proximity to a yard used by lorries making deliveries to the neighbouring Asda supermarket was "clearly not an ideal situation".
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