Think of a number then double it…

THe Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Housing Minister

Eastleigh’s open spaces are under additional threat of development, following the Housing Minister’s comment that “I think we probably need to be building twice as many homes”.

Speaking on Radio 4’s  Today programme, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP continued to say;

We are not putting a figure on this is how many homes that are going to be built over X amount of time.

We’ll be getting this right if we are back to fulfilling the number of homes that people require and we know that this is about twice as many as were built when house-building slumped to the lowest level since the 1920’s under the old system of top-down targets.

What we need to do is put the measures in place to ensure that homes can be built again, its probably twice as many.

What we’re doing with this housing strategy today is loosening up the market so that lenders can lend, builders can build and buyers can buy.

Eastleigh Borough Council’s draft local plan, which is currently in a period of consultation, includes plans for 9400 new homes to be built over the next 18 years, 4700 of which will be on greenfield sites.

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. 


  8 comments for “Think of a number then double it…

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Yes Ray, I’ve maintained from the start, it’s not a choice of Boorley Green or Allington Lane.

    It’s Boorley Green AND Allington Lane.

    It’s easier to fight one set of residents at a time.

    • November 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Interesting that the draft plan refers to the Woodhouse Lane site as formerly being part of the strategic gap between villages.

      That site is now to be built on.

      The obvious question is whether the Lib Dem claims for saving the remaining strategic gaps are worth the paper they’re written on…

  2. November 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I caught Housing Minister, Grant Shapps on an early a.m. news channel. I really was underwhelmed with the lack of coherent answers. It was if he was making it up as he went along. Either that or he really hasnt got a clue. In the very same way that Cameron changes his mind when or to use his own phrases… has a rethink! This is then indeed, scary government.

  3. D Sneddon
    November 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    A trip to the recent Hedge End ‘CON sultation’ exhibition was illuminating. The staff there catergorically said that the proposals were NOT what they (the experts) would have chosen and that the proposals were purely political. So – that begs the question – these houses are to widen the voting pool, brown nose the Tory government and based on deep self interest of the Lib Dems!

    I too heard the witterings of Grant Shapps on the radio and he didn’t have a clue. This half baked decision of the coalition is FRIGHTENING and the existing residents of the Borough will suffer the consequences.

    Another fine example of the lying Lib Dems not sticking to election promises and leaving the residents without representation.

    • Anne Romaine
      November 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Staff at the Bishopstoke consultation also said the proposals were political rather than what planners wanted. I was also told that the number of houses in the proposal for the Bishopstoke sites were pulled out of thin air and there was no proper calculation done at all

      • November 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm

        I’ve had exactly the same feedback, independently of everybody commenting here. The Planners have been saying that they would not build on the sites that are currently in the draft plan. Homes are to be put where they are for political reasons that are best known to Keith House and the rest of the Lib Dems.

        The greater the response to this consultation exercise, the more chance there is that these proposals can be changed.

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Tony Wright, the chief planning policy officer has made it quite clear he supported the Allington Lane option.

  5. malcolm
    November 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Totally agree that Allington is the best option. Why aren’t the Lib Dems listening to experts? Just proves the point, these decisions are purely political and residents of Eastleigh Borough are being shafted by self-seeking, allowance grabbing councillors.

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