Draft plan Exhibition on tour

Daft local plan Eastleigh

Local Plan out for 'consultation' with a travelling Exhibition

Eastleigh Borough Council has embarked on a series of 12 exhibitions designed to promote awareness and discussion of its draft local plan which will see the number of houses in Eastleigh increase by nearly 20%.

scenario one

The infamous 'scenario one'. No houses built and population declines

The council say another 9,500 homes are need to keep pace with local need although this is contradicted by  its own figures show the population would decline if no extra housing were to be built.

The first exhibition was held at the Point yesterday (Monday), but by mid afternoon it was clear that members of the public were thin on the ground and that visitors were outnumbered by Council Officers and the press.

While one elderly couple asked an officer why it was that 1300 new houses were needed in Boorley Green I asked another why new housing was necessary if the population is naturally declining.

“Well, we need to plan for different kinds of housing because people are living longer”

“But you can’t dictate what kind of housing developers build”

“Well err.. no”

I spotted a member of the public out of the corner of my eye.

“Excuse me Sir, do you think the council plan will go far enough to address the housing waiting list?”

“I’m from the Echo” he replied.

Eventually I managed to talk to one Newtown resident 54, who did not wish to be named:

“In my opinion housing is still overvalued and the market has seized up. This resulted being unable to move and being forced to live in unsuitable accommodation. Building more overvalued stock is not going to solve the housing crisis”

The exhibition is at Bursledon todayat St Pauls Church hall between 2pm – 8pm.

  10 comments for “Draft plan Exhibition on tour

  1. nospam
    November 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Draft plan? Sounds more like a Daft plan to me.

  2. November 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    This whole thing is a sham. The council has already made its mind up about what it is going to do last year. These exhibitions are nothing more than a fake attempt at getting your feedback. Thats why people are not going to them, they know its a waste of time..

    • November 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      That was abundantly clear when I went to the HEWEB Local Area Committee yesterday evening.

      Various people spoke about their concerns about various planning applications.

      With one exception, all concerns were either ignored, denied or dismissed. The body language of those leaving the hall after they’d been trampled over by the Lib Dem Junta was very telling and sad to see.

      The exception was the speed limit in Romill Lane, which the committee agreed should be reduced to 30mph.

      I left the HEWEB meeeting with the distinct impression that it had been a waste of time for those who bothered to attend.

      The good news is that the new discussion group in Hedge End, the Hedge End Society, hopes to do something about that problem…

      The inaugural meeting is at 7:30pm, St Johns Church, Hedge End on Monday 14th November.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        November 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm

        Same again tonight at ELAC Ray.
        There was an interesting start to proceedings when ex Lib Dem activist and veteren local campaigner Sam Snook addressed the committee and turned on his former Lib Dem colleagues accusing them of voting as instructed and to complain of a lack of democracy.
        This was strongly denied..yet just a couple of agenda items later and party whip Peter Wall was recommending that committee members should reject a planning application from developers Churchill – which was then unanimously carried!

        • November 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

          It would help if the LAC included some members from other parties, or even better, some independents…!

          We might then get some cross-questioning in the LAC committee meetings.

          Applies at all levels actually, not just LAC meetings…!

          Eastleighs greatest mistake ever, was giving the Lib Dems such complete dominance…

          • mm
            Eastleigh Xpress
            November 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

            There are two Indys on ELAC and they voted with the Lib Dems!

  3. November 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    The only way to get thier attention is not to vote for any of these parties who are responsible for driving the planning forward in these matters.

    Dont be put off by so called ‘rebel’ councillors who appear to go against thier party line. If you keep voting the same way time after time, what do you ecpect to happen?

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    It’s true. Hacks were reduced to interviewing each other.
    It seems from the evidence that not building more houses could be a solution to the shortage as the population will decline meaning there will be more housing to go round 😀

  5. Boorleyboy
    November 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    ‘Rebel’ councillors are stooges colluding with Lib Dem leadership. The two Botley councillors who voted against the development at Boorley Green/Botley will have had an ‘arrangement’. It is interesting that one of these councillors now has her house on the market. This is presumably to sell before it is devalued by a vast new ugly estate that will be built on her doorstep.

    John Edwards is right –

  6. November 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    There are two Indys on ELAC and they voted with the Lib Dems!

    Disappointing, but lets remember that those two independents were formerly Lib Dems…

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