Botley continues the fight…

A quiet moment in the historic Botley Square

A quiet moment in Botley Square

Botley Parish Council have resolved to continue the fight against Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to develop 1400 new homes in Boorley Green, for the time being at least.

At an extraordinary meeting of Botley Parish Council this evening, 19th February, the seven Councillors who were present passed a resolution;

That the Council shall agree to allocate a budget of £5,000 for the purpose of obtaining a specialist legal opinion on procedures necessary to seek a Judicial Review of the decision to grant outline planning permission to application O/12/71522″

The Parish Council also agreed to set up two working parties.

Detailed terms of reference would be drawn-up and presented at the next regular meeting of the Parish Council, but the principle was that one working party would be tasked with further exploring the legal side. Something that needed to be done urgently, as the clock is ticking and there are only a few weeks for the Parish Council to get its act together and seek a Judicial Review.

The second working party would be concerned with the practical issues and the legwork, which would include an urgent referendum of the residents of Botley to see if there was support for such a challenge. It was agreed that if a referendum found that the support wasn’t there, the idea of pursuing a Judicial Review would not be taken forward.

Besides Parish Councillors, the working parties would include two local residents. Chris Tapp, a former Chief Executive of Eastleigh Borough Council and Sue Grinham, because of her extensive local knowledge.

If, after these initial consultations, the Parish Council decided to proceed to the courts and seek a Judicial Review of the Borough Councils decision, the potential costs of such a legal challenge were estimated to be in the region of £50K. The Finance Committee was therefore asked to consider how those funds could be made available.

Speaking at the start of the meeting, Dr Colin Mercer, the Chairman of Botley Parish Council, expressed his extreme disappointment with the deliberations at last nights HEWEB meeting and his extreme encouragement with the level of support from the local community. He added that he was still annoyed that there was no right of reply during the members debate, so the flawed arguments that were put forward by the Borough Councillors simply could not be challenged.

Dr Mercer observed that a Judicial Review would be new territory for everybody around the table and needed to be done correctly, but emphasised that it could only be done with the support of the village. He reported to the meeting that the neighbouring parishes of Durley and Curdridge were being supportive and helpful.

Still reeling from the way that the decision was taken, one Botley Parish Councillor described the comments made by “a certain Hedge End Town Councillor” about the people of Botley to be “despicable”…

Neither of the two Borough Councillors who also serve on Botley Parish Council were present at the meeting this evening. At last nights HEWEB meeting, where Outline Planning Permission for Boorley Green was granted, Cllr Rupert Kyrle voted against the proposal and Cllr Cathie Fraser abstained.

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. 

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  9 comments for “Botley continues the fight…

  1. renard
    February 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Well done, Botley Parish Council, for taking this decision.

    Parish Councillors must have been tired after Monday’s marathon session on Boorley Green, so every credit for turning out again on Tuesday.

    Local residents outraged at Boorley Green / Pilands Wood have the ideal opportunity to express their displeasure with LibDem council on 28 February! Do not return a LibDem MP!!

  2. Graham Hunter
    February 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for your support. We were tired but will continue to keep up the Fight for Botley and only support Sustainable development.
    Graham Hunter Botley Parish Council

  3. Graham Hunter
    February 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    The Boorley Green site is just about the worst palce you could ever pick for development. With proposed affordable homes proposed by the developer to be built at the END of the building cycle. Many Many years away. EBC have got this one totally wrong!.

  4. Tom
    February 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

    They also need to make sure that residents of Hedge End, near the proposed Sundays Hill Bypass, are included – barely anyone here actually knows that there is a bypass planned!

    • renard
      February 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Nor do many people realise that a large area of woodland between Kings Copse Road and Pilands Lane is about to be destroyed and built on – decision approved by Eastleigh councillors last week (you know, those Lib Dems who keep telling us they are ‘protecting our countryside’!). The new Sunday’s Hill bypass, which also smashes through the woodland, is being built because of that development. It will go through the new housing estate. The Scout and Guide camp area, so valuable to our youngsters, is having to be relocated.
      So, as you drive past the Norman Rodaway playing fields, you will no longer see the trees and countryside on your left – just a main road and a housing estate.
      Thanks for ‘protecting our countryside’, EBC!

  5. renard
    February 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Sorry, in my last post I meant to say ‘woodland between Heathhouse Lane and Pylands Lane’.
    Don’t know why I got mixed up!

  6. February 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    HOUSING SHORTAGE

    Blame Local Councillor Keith House-for closimg down the MDA at
    Allington Lane

  7. February 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I blame the Highways Agency, for not being smart enough to realise that with existing congestion at junctions 5, 7 and 8, its about time that the missing J6 was built…

  8. February 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    And I must remember to mention that to the P.M. if I’m lucky enough to bump into him during the course of this campaign…

    If not, Maria, please, its down to you…

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