Eastleigh Borough Council will be meeting tomorrow evening (Thursday 10 October) to consider whether they should adopt the new local plan which will see additional sites in Fair Oak, Horton Heath and Hedge End added to the existing earmarked sites in Boorley Green and Stoneham to push the projected total build to 10,149 new homes by 2029.
The meeting of the full council which is usually scheduled to start at 7 pm has been moved forward to start at the end of the preceding cabinet meeting which itself has been re-scheduled for 5.30pm start.
This cabinet meeting is unlikely to last very long and is due to be over by 6 pm when a short ‘special’ cabinet session is be held – this is likely to be just a formality and is predicted to last a few minutes at most. The full council will sit immediately afterwards.
Council members – including MP Mike Thornton (who also sits as a Borough councillor) – are expected to rubber stamp the proposals with the four member conservative opposition group as the only certain dissenters. However public participation is permitted and the chamber will be prepared to hear from any concerned residents who attend.
Following Thursday night’s vote there will be further opportunity for the public to have its say during a six week borough wide consultation when residents will be invited to comment on any aspect of the plan – whether for or against.
People who have previously made representations will have to re-submit them if they want their contributions considered by the planning inspector.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s leaders say a credible local plan is needed to deliver housing over the next five years to meet local demand and to prevent hostile development on greenbelt land.
Objectors say plans will result in increased inward migration, are not matched by investment in infrastructure, will lead to increased traffic congestion and do not fully utilise existing Brownfield sites.
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