Local Plan campaigners take concerns to Housing Minister

Mark Prisk(L) and Maria Hutchings wiht BPAG Campaigner(R)

Mark Prisk(L) and Maria Hutchings wiht BPAG Campaigner(R)

Representatives from three local resident action groups have met with Housing Minister Mark Prisk to discuss Eastleigh Borough Council’s plans for housing development. Campaigners from three groups, the Botley Parish Action Group, the Hedge End and Bursledon Action Group  and  Save Stoneham Park  were in London to raise their concerns with Mr Prisk over the Council’s Local Plan, which calls for an extra 9,000 more houses in the Borough.

The group’s representatives told the Minister of their concerns over the potential destruction of green field land in the Borough to make room the new development.

They claimed the existing infrastructure and services in the area would be unable to cope with the anticipated housing increases pencilled in for the near future and that the Council had failed to adequately consider the views of residents in drawing up or altering the plans.

The meeting had been arranged by Maria Hutchings the spokesperson for Eastleigh Conservative Party – who are opposed to the Council’s proposals – and she said:

“Having fought for a number of years to get the voices of local residents heard on the issue of housing development, I am delighted that I was able to accompany three local groups to London today so that they could put their case to Mark Prisk directly.

I am sure that the Minister of State was sympathetic to their argument that Eastleigh Borough Council should balance the need for more housing with a greater sympathy for the genuine concerns of local people on this issue.”

Members of ‘Save Stoneham Park’ will be staging a ‘Rush Hour Protest’ on Chesnut Avenue today at 5pm.

The campaigners say they will be holding placards warning drivers that they will face more traffic congestion if the proposed development of 1,300 houses at Stoneham Park goes ahead and to remind people that the final consultation phase of the  Local Plan closes this Friday October 12.

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