Eastleigh Borough Council have published the latest version of their Local Plan and opened a further period of consultation, which runs from 17th August to 12th October 2012.
The new Local Plan, once finally approved, will set out the Council’s policies on how land in the Borough can be used in the period up to 2029 and will underpin all future planning decisions.
The plan also includes an assessment of the Borough’s transport needs for the next 17 years, including the proposed Botley by-pass, although the plan now says that developments in the Botley area are not dependent on the new road.
In previous rounds of consultation, the Council has already considered comments from over 1,200 people, mostly local residents.
The current version of the plan is known as the ‘pre-submission’ Local Plan. If you have already commented, you will need to do so again on this latest version of the plan. Your earlier comments are now deemed to have been dealt with by the Council, either incorporated into the plan or rejected, so it is only the comments that are made on the ‘pre-submission’ local plan that are likely to be seen by the Planning Inspector.
Eastleigh Borough Council are currently inviting comments on the ‘soundness’ of the Local Plan, for example whether the proposed development sites and policies are justified, effective and consistent with national planning policy.
All comments must be received by 4.30pm on Friday 12 October 2012.
After that date, the plan and any objections which cannot be resolved will be presented to an independent planning inspector for examination which will be the last stage in producing the plan. This examination is likely to take place next spring.
Copies of the Pre-submission Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011-2029 and its related appraisals and assessments are available to view, download and make representations on at www.eastleigh.gov.uk/localplan and are also available at the Council’s Civic Offices, local town and parish council offices and libraries within the borough
Any comments should be sent to the Planning Policy Team at Eastleigh Borough Council, Civic Offices, Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9YN.