Eastleigh Borough Council permit 58 new homes

Romill Close, West End

Eastleigh Borough Council have granted planning permission for 58 new homes on a site to the west of Romill Close in West End. The plans were approved at the HEWEB  (Hedge End, West End and Botley) Local Area Committee meeting, held on 7th November.

The greenfield site borders the M27 motorway, the A27 and existing residential and industrial developments and adjoins a conservation area.

The development includes an alteration to a 19th Century wall, to provide a gate which will allow access to the new development.

Because noise levels prevent homes from being built too close to the Motorway, some green space will be retained.

Cllr Bruce Tennant expressed particular concern over a new road junction that will link the new development to the busy A27 and suggested that traffic lights would be appropriate, but was told by the  Case Officer from Eastleigh Borough Council’s Planning Department that the Transport Assessment had concluded that the lights were not needed because the number of vehicle movements in & out of the new development would be small and that the new junction was considered to be safe.

Several local residents queried the existing  speed limit in Romill Close and it was agreed that this would be taken up separately with Hampshire County Council, independently of the planning application.

One resident also queried whether it was essential to release this reserve land, to build on protected woodland and in a conservation area. Particularly as another development a little further down the A27 had not yet been completed and was being developed in a piecemeal fashion, as and when houses were sold. Was there really the demand for this new development..?

The site to the west of Romill Close, as it appears in Eastleighs draft local plan

A representative from the developers, Gleeson Homes said that

the nearby development was for a different type of property, i.e large executive homes.

Cllr Tennant concluded that;

The killer reasons why he would reluctantly support the development were that

  1. new sites were needed so the Borough could maintain the 5yr supply for new housing development.
  2. this has been a reserve site for some time
  3. it is also allocated for housing in the new local plan

Cllr Keith House summed up by saying

He had been opposed to the neighbouring Upmill Close development, which destroyed the rural nature of the area and had set a precedent which had made the development of the Romill Close site inevitable.

and added that

development of this site protects other sites around the Borough.

Cllr House agreed that the new junction with the A27 would make it “difficult” for traffic to join the A27 and added that

Buyers of these properties will know what they are getting into when they make the purchase.

All Councillors agreed that a Toucan crossing was essential to this scheme, to provide pedestrians with a safe way of crossing the busy A27.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

  5 comments for “Eastleigh Borough Council permit 58 new homes

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 8, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Any development can now be justified on the grounds that is protecting another site from development.

    It was a similar ruthless clarity of vision that enabled Robespierre to become such a rip-snorting success on the committee of public safety.

    • November 8, 2011 at 7:12 am

      It means that nothing is safe.

      I was also stunned by the suggestion that when the new owners of these properties have their accident at the new junction with the A27, Cllr House will take the view that “They knew what they were getting into when they bought the property”.

      There seemed to be a lot of complacency about road safety, relying on the statistics in the traffic assessment to justify no traffic lights rather than knowledge and experience of what that particular section of road is already like to drive on.

  2. November 8, 2011 at 9:02 am

    It’s fairly typical of HEWEB to lie down and let themselves be run over by traffic statistics that are normally gathered outside of peak hours and don’t take into account other planned developments in the area. “We are not the highway authority so we have to accept their judgement” is the normal refrain. (Ignoring the fact that three HEWEB members are county councillors too).

  3. maureen
    November 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

    “Cllr House agreed that the new junction with the A27 would make it “difficult” for traffic to join the A27 and added that Buyers of these properties will know what they are getting into when they make the purchase” – SO IT’S CAVEAT EMPERATOR – NOT PLANNING’S FINEST HOUR. WHAT IF THE THE BUYERS DON’T KNOW THE LOCAL AREA AND ITS TRAFFIC PROBLEMS – I BET THE VENDORS WON’T TELL THEM? OR WILL THESE HOMES ONLY BE FOR LOCALS WHO KNOW THE AREA, NOT FOREIGNERS OR PEOPLE FROM PORTSMOUTH?

  4. Brian Norgate
    November 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Its intersting to see what conditions EBC comply with for Road safety.

    The standard has to be what Keith House upheld for the Wildern Mill case in the high court
    and comparing this to Romill Close and The Allotment site on Woodside Avenue.

    God knows how EBC planning department are going to explain that – they just shrug their shoulders and say thats EBC.

    Our CEO went into the witness box at the High Court and said EBC would never allow such bad access as the neck of land involved in the Wildern Mill case, yet here and many other sites the access is so much worse and potentially dangerous to life.

    I remember the accident in hamble lane at the corner of satchell lane which Keith house demand EBC improve, well nothing happened there
    and its only a matter of time before accidents
    happen at Romill Close, lets hope its not serious

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