Council to hold crunch meeting on local housing plan

Eastleigh civic offices

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.

Eastleigh News will be tweeting live from the meeting – make sure you are following!

  23 comments for “Council to hold crunch meeting on local housing plan

  1. Sue
    October 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I dont have a mobile phone so will there be facebook updates from the meeting?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      October 10, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Oooo! Maybe…I’ll ask Ray if he can fix that to happen..

      • October 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

        An interesting question. Thanks Sue.

        If you post the status updates directly on our FB page Stephen, rather than on Twitter, you’ll find that they’ll automatically ping through to Twitter, thus updating two audiences at the same time. If longer than 140 chars, the Tweet will automatically link back to the FB page. All Tweeps have to do is click on the link, to see the fuller update…

        An advantage is that it is often useful to have more than 140 chars to play with…

        The difficulty perhaps, is in trying to engage in conversation with two separate streams (FB and Twitter at the same time) whilst the meeting is in progress, so that element of the broadcast (i.e. audience interaction) might have to be sacrificed in the interests of posting status updates and getting the information out there.

        We can always answer questions later….!

  2. Rosie
    October 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    What is the Local Plan (previous and new versions) if not “hostile development on greenbelt land” – spearheaded, and being railroaded through – by our own elected Lib-Dem Council! The applications and discussions with developers already in progress (before the ink’s dried on the Local Plan) are hundreds of houses on some of our best and most ancient countryside. Brownfield sites should always be developed before the countryside and only for essential housing for the existing/projected local population. Why keep on attracting in people from other areas by continuing to build expensive housing (eg “executive family homes” and high-end apartments in the most desirable locations) when most local people who need houses won’t be able to afford those properties anyway. Rentals of privately-let properties (of which there will be a lot more if the current planned housing is built)are often more than a mortgage these days, hence so many defaults on privately-let properties (and often the taxpayer/Council taxpayer is paying those rental amounts in benefits anyway!).
    Once our countryside has gone, it’s gone forever. Something our Councillors ought to be thinking of and remembering!

    • October 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Its a thoroughly impossible problem really Rosie. Houses are needed, but existing residents rightly don’t like to see yet more of the green fields developed. Its a Catch-22 situation, satisfy one and you upset the other…

      What I’d like to see happen, is the Council/Government and Housing Associations collaborate to make greater effort to encourage people into right sized homes.

      If they could find me and BJ a two-bed ground-floor flat or bungalow for instance, that would free-up a one-bed second-floor flat and a three-bed semi for other people to use.

      Multiply that situation by a few hundred, or more, and that’s a big chunk out of the current demand for new housing in the area…

      I expect Keith House, the Officers at EBC and the developers will disagree with my solution, they’ll have a different perspective, but that’s the strategy that I would be pursuing if I were a Councillor…

      • Pete Stewart
        October 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        Well Ray, there’s “house building” and there’s “MASS house building”. People don’t mind the former, but they rightly hate the latter.

        The reason these mass housing developments are needed is to take the mass population overspills from our cities, which have been become centres of joblessness for British workers following the mass immigration of (allegedly) cheap EU labour.

        The answer, as with all problems, is not to deal with symptoms, i.e. mass house building, but to focus on the cause of the problem which is open EU borders. The ONLY solution to that is to leave the EU and the only way that will happen is if people realize they must start voting UKIP.

  3. Cllr Keith House
    October 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Good report. Just to be clear: the 6pm Cabinet meeting is simply to pass the whole issue to Council for debate. Council is likely to start at 6.05pm. Any member of the public is able to speak at the full Council meeting, though the public consultation that follows is the opportunity for comments to be recorded and the considered by council staff and later by Council.

    • david
      October 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Comments considered my a@se

      • October 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

        Yes David. The last consultation was a purely cosmetic exercise. Decisions had already been taken and nobody was going to change them.

        Not unless they found a Roman Villa, or something equally significant, on the site in Woodhouse Lane…

        Dunno why we’re bothering with another consultation actually. The same thing is going to happen…

  4. Dan
    October 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

    No Green Belt land in Eastleigh.important distinction in planning between Green Belt and “green field”.

  5. anonymouse
    October 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Can’t help thinking that by starting the meeting an hour earlier than usual, the Lib Dems are cynically manoeuvring to fool or stop the public coming to the meeting. Why not have it at the usual time?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      October 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I’ll check but I think you’ll find its because there are so many Members of public who want to speak at big planning meetings like this that its hard to find time to fit them all in and peeps want to get home before midnight!

      Its ok to turn up a bit late btw if the start is early – there will still be plenty going on.

      But yes, there are those who share your view

  6. david
    October 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    This whole process stinks and is being railroaded through without any indication of vital infrastructure upgrades…why should the majority suffer so the usual scroungers get cheap rents and new homes? ?

  7. Keith
    October 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Dodgy dodgy dodgy EBC

  8. Peter Jones
    October 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

    In the Revised Local Plan 2013 the following location is identified as a ‘countryside gap’, South of Maddoxford Lane – http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1330185 – EBC policy is Brownfield before Greenfield and I’m sure a planning inspector would agree that this site qualifies as Brownfield………… Maybe EBC planners should go to Specsavers….

  9. Charlie
    October 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    They ought rename themselves the liberal oligarchs!

  10. Peter Jones
    October 10, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    How can you objectively present a Revised Local Plan for determination without up to date , robust evidence. I doubt a judge would rule on a matter of law without up to date, accurate evidence etc, he would merely throw the case out! The blind leading the blind comes to mind………

  11. Kerry
    October 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I just don’t get the feeling that EBC and “builder” House give a damn for the local community, its a nightmare infrastructure wise at the moment let alone when all these houses are built (which they will). Instead of houses why don t the build some tower blocks in Eastleigh to house those on the social housing waiting list??

  12. Peter Jones
    October 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Para: 49 NPPF. The Local Plan is as good as landfill……

  13. Rachel
    October 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    “Eastleigh Borough Council’s leaders say a credible local plan is needed….”

    When will they see one? Seems to me what is proposed is ill conceived at best and a worst a travesity.

  14. Rosie
    October 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    If brownfield was to be used before greenfield then EBC would be building on the car boot sale site and Bursledon and the former Hamble airfield – both ideal sites for lots of truly affordable housing, especially the car boot sale site right next to a large Tesco and bus routes to Eastleigh and Southampton. (Also adjacent to Sholing and Townhill communites). The developments being pushed through planning prior to the Local Plan coming out are those that will eat up huge swathes of countryside. Where are the applications for brownfield site building, other than the odd former pub and similar?

  15. Rosie
    October 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Exactly!

  16. October 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Sam October 11, /2013
    Steve, Any idea’s about the Law Courts. Moving the sports centre will mean
    more homes in Passfield Ave. Free parking for the sports centre? Will local residents be allowed to park, free of charge?

    Regards
    Sam

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