Green light to more housing at Boorley



Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Eastleigh council has given the green light to hundreds of new homes in Boorley Green and Pylands

Outline permission has been granted – subject to conditions – for 1400 houses at Botley Park Golf course and 250 at Pylands Lane.

The Boorley Green development has been a controversial and particularly hard fought application.

Residents in semi rural Boorley and Botley fear being swamped by the new development and are concerned about the loss of beautiful unspoilt countryside.

An independent survey sanctioned by Botley Parish Council showed the majority of residents were opposed to the scale of the development and in February traffic in Botley came to a standstill when over 1,000 demonstrators rallied in the town square.

It had been hoped that the matter would be referred to a public inquiry but in April Secretary of State Eric Pickles decided that the scheme would have a significant positive long term impact on economic growth and would meet housing needs across a wider area than just Eastleigh Borough Council and so he backed the proposals.

In a statement announcing the decision to grant permission, the council said:

“The borough faces a challenge in providing the homes that we know people need now and in the future.”

The council highlighted a range of benefits the new housing estate will bring to the area.

  • 400 new social houses
  • A bypass for Sundays Hill
  • A new community centre
  • New shops and a pub
  • A new primary school
  • Public open space including allotments and a play area

Developer’s contributions will also go towards improved local health provision, secondary education and highway improvements.

The development at Pylands lane will also benefit from 88 social houses.

Eastleigh Borough Council is currently holding a public consultation into its local plan to deliver nearly 11,000 new homes across the borough by 2029.

The plans are needed say the ruling Lib Dem administration to protect green belt land in places like Hamble from “greedy developers”.

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