Eastleigh Borough Council have published some of the thousands of submissions that were received during their consultation on the draft local plan.
The summary document isn’t complete yet, but what has been processed so far can be read by following the hyperlink on the Planning and Building Control page of the Eastleigh Borough Council website.
As of the 31st January, 2265 responses had been processed and the summary document extended to 633 pages.
The document includes the names of the businesses, organisations and individuals making representations to the Council. It is now possible, for instance, to see which of Hedge End’s Town Councillors supported the development in Woodhouse Lane and which didn’t. Because the summary document is not complete yet, it is not possible to see which of the local Councillors couldn’t be bothered to reply.
During the consultation, submissions had to be related to individual points in the draft local plan. The summary document therefore suffers because it is not easy to look at all of the submissions made by the same respondent and consider them in the context of each other.
That approach was also criticised at the time of the consultation, at the December meeting of Botley Parish Council, as it made the process of responding to the consultation harder. Councillors felt that it might discourage people from responding or from responding as fully as they might.
One of the first objections listed is from Southampton City Council, which reads;
Objects to draft policy for new employment development on the grounds that it should include a reference to where offices (B1a) cannot be accommodated within Eastleigh Town Centre or Riverside that developers be guided to Southampton City Centre prior to edge or out of town centre locations.
So Southampton City Council are suggesting that when Eastleigh Town Centre cannot be developed to include any more office space, developers should be encouraged to build offices in Southampton rather than in other locations around the Borough of Eastleigh.
Objects to policy relating to proposed development west of Woodhouse Lane, Hedge End and in particular the requirement for Botley Bypass and other major infrastructure as a condition for development at Hedge End. The evidence to support this proposal is inadequate – no transport assessment has been undertaken.
Botley Parish Council, Botley Parish Action Group, Curdridge Parish Council, Southern Water and even Southampton Football Club all object to the development in Woodhouse Lane.
Objects to draft policy relating to the regeneration of Eastleigh River Side on the grounds that the policy for Tower Lane area should recognise the need to retain minerals sites with Eastleigh East rail depot for crushed rock and Eastleigh West rail depot for rail ballast. Both are safeguarded from redevelopment in the emerging Hampshire Minerals & Waste Plan. The draft policy for the railway works should include indicate potential for site to accommodate waste management uses.
So plans that Eastleigh have proposed are at odds with those developed by Hampshire County Council.
Joined-up local planning is proving difficult in southern Hampshire.
The author of this article, Ray Turner, will be standing as an Independent candidate in the Hedge End, Shamblehurst, by election.