Almost 5% of Eastleigh’s population is now on the housing waiting list. The shocking statistic has just been published latest edition of Eastleigh Borough Council’s ‘Homechoice’ magazine.
According to the magazine, last month there were a total of 5635 people – out of the borough population of 116,169–who were in need of a home with 82% of applicants having had their need assessed as a ‘priority’ or even more urgent.
The figure is up 43% from May 2008.
Despite the growing need for housing the council recently cancelled plans to build 6000 homes north east of Hedge End following pressure from nearby Botley residents who claimed that a housing development of that magnitude would ‘destroy their community’.
While house building in the borough has largely stalled since the start of the recession, the council have borrowed millions of pounds to finance the purchase of under occupied office blocks in the town centre and, controversially, to fund the building of another ‘Holiday Inn’ for the borough at West End – complete with an 18 hole golf course.
A plan to build homes on the flattened former ‘Middle Earth’ site in Upper Market Street has been also been shelved in favour of building another Hotel.
However there are ongoing social housing projects in Velmore and Netley which are expected to provide 220 affordable housing units on completion.
Chris Huhne, Eastleigh’s MP, owns seven properties.