Dog Walkers and passers by on a footpath in a quiet rural corner of Botley are bemused to see notice of a planning application on land that Lib Dem campaign leaflets claim is “saved”.
In the October 2011 edition of the Liberal Democrats campaign Newsletter “Standpoint”, Cllr Jane Welsh claims that “ALL the land between Kings Copse and Botley village” has been protected from building, but this planning notice attached to a Telegraph pole is within this “protected” area and suggests otherwise.
The planning application is for a one bedroom bungalow, to be built on the site of a shack that was formerly occupied by the late Ken Daniels.
A press cutting underneath the planning notice shows that the site of this shack was the subject of some controversy back in 1989, when Mr Daniels was evicted from his makeshift home then allowed to return after a court battle established that he had the right to remain there.
Although the presence of the planning notice appears to contradict the claims of the Lib Dem Councillors, the planning and building control section of the Eastleigh Borough Council website clearly shows the application to have been “withdrawn” in September of this year.
The draft local plan also shows the site to be in a strategic gap and outside of the urban areas.
So contrary to the impression given by this mysterious planning notice, the Lib Dem claims for this strategic gap between Hedge End and Botley remain valid.
Unless of course, you know different…!