Mysterious notice contradicts Lib Dem claims


Mysterious planning notice

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”.

Strategic gap

The strategic gap between Hedge End and Botley

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.


Kens shack

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and building control section of the Eastleigh Borough Council website clearly shows the application to have been “withdrawn” in September of this year.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…!

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. 


  4 comments for “Mysterious notice contradicts Lib Dem claims

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    What became of Ken?? Anyone know?

    • November 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Ken lived happily in his shack until his death a few years ago, often enjoying a chat with the dog-walkers and passers-by, determinedly resisting all attempts to move him into more conventional accommodation.

  2. Peter Stewart
    November 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Is this really just one house or the beginnings of a mass development? The British people have been walked all over by the EU and its paid agents in our own Parliament. Who else on Earth would have tolerated having their national borders thrown open to a mass immigration of cheap EU labour, which not only turns an already over crowded Britain into a giant sardine tin, but also destroys the jobs of our own workers? Words fail me (at least polite ones). What is going through the minds of people? Have they died on their feet? Can ANYONE reading this offer an explanation of how this has happened without a bloody rebellion?

    • November 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      This planning application (which has been withdrawn) was for a single one-bedroom bungalow to replace an old shack that was being used as an unconventional dwelling place, rather than a major new development.

      Despite this being a strategic gap between Hedge End and Botley, there are already one or two properties in the vicinity of this shack. They’ve been there for a while.

      An obvious concern is that the development of yet another permanent structure (were that ever to be approved) might set a precedent that might prove to be the thin-end of the wedge which allows creeping urbanisation to erode the strategic gap…

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