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.