Boorley campaigners take fight to appeal

Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Campaigners in Botley will appeal against a High Court decision not to allow a judicial review of council plans for 1,400 new houses at Boorley Green – a decision the campaigners describe as a ‘travesty of justice’

Last month a  Judge sided with the council saying their reasons for granting planning permission were adequate.  But  he did not say that the application by Botley Parish Action Group was ’totally without merit’ and on this basis the campaigners have renewed their application which will now be heard at an oral hearing on May 1.

In a strongly worded press statement BPAG accused the council of failing to provide five year housing supply and delivering a local plan saying it was:

“Immoral, unfair, unbalanced and unlawful for EBC to utilise their own failures to legally justify the granting of permission for the largest development in the borough for over 25 years”.

BPAG say members have so far spent £10,000 of their own money in legal fees while fighting the proposed development and will be canvassing for further donations to their fighting fund.

Council leader Keith House has previously said that the Boorley Green plan would provide “Much needed homes for local people.”

This morning a spokesperson for BPAG told Eastleigh News:

“We are not opposed to more houses – we support up to 20 per cent more development in Botley but it has to be the right development, not the wrong development”.

  21 comments for “Boorley campaigners take fight to appeal

  1. Rosie
    March 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Great to see they’re taking it to appeal. What a shame, though, that they didn’t canvass opinion across the Borough regarding the Local Plan’s building on our best countryside generally, though, as surely a cross-Borough legal case against the Plan would have stood more chance of success and clearly demonstrated the strength of feeling against the Lib Dems destroying most of our best, unspoilt countryside sites – whilst continuing to claim they are protecting it! Good luck Botley. If you win, other cases may follow. If not, we’ll have to wait for the elections to show the strength of our feelings.

  2. March 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Allington Lane was closed down-by the Lib Dems-who were under pressure by local residents. It is a far better site. The sewers runs down
    hill straight into “Chickenall Sewage Station” and in places you can walk through the sewer. “The cost was enormous.” I know I worked on it and finished the headings for “Eastleigh Council”

    Boorley Green relies on two pumping stations- unless its has been modernised-power cuts means sewage overflows-insurance will be extremely high. “The best option is Allington Lane”

    “Good luck Botley” its worth fighting for”

    • Sarah Price
      March 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      I think Boorley Green is. A much better option than Allington Lane an I will be affected by the increase in traffic in the area.

      • M Airs
        March 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        No doubt you live near Allington Lane, Sarah Price.

  3. Sam Snook
    March 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Two comments
    “Land drainage”-“The development will increase flood risk.”
    “Foul sewers would involve Major upgrade on sewers.”
    “We will all be affected by traffic “where every we live.”
    Sam Snook

  4. Pete Stewart
    March 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Sam,

    You say Allington is the best option. How many voters do you reckon would share your view?

    • March 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here Pete ,these people believe that by building between 500/600 houses then problems like drains ,sewers.roads,schools ,won’t need to be needed as well.Even if they get this judical review to quash this application then don’t be surprised to see it go straight back to EBC for consent again.It seems where ever you build poeple will be upset.

      • Graham Hunter
        March 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

        Let’s get some facts right. The plan is for 2200 homes in this area. 1400 at Boorley Green Botley.
        This is a premature planning application given approval OUTSIDE of the EBC local plan 2011-2029.It is in this plan, but residents of over 800 marched against this plan and a similar number attended the EBC planning meeting in Feb 2013 when this application was approved.
        Their is MASSIVE opposition to this site and all residents want is to have this site reviewed by an independent planning inspector at an examination in public to see if he agrees or not if it is the correct site.
        The viable alternative that is both sustainable, has infrastructure already in place and was the choice of the planning policy design dept at EBC…Allington Lane.
        It could easily take 5000 homes.
        The survey EBC sort of did in 2010 on if residents wanted Allington Lane or Boorley Green was only completed by 3% of the residents of Eastleigh with the numbers between the two locations so small it was effectively a draw!
        Only one vote was permitted per household NOT per resident…was that democratic?
        Residents in Botley are NOT against the building of homes locally and in fact in a Parish wide survey indicted clearly that Botley could sustain and support up to 500 homes locally especially if these homes were affordable.
        This survey and its results was ignored by EBC when presented to them.

        The current sewerage system in Botley is at over capacity with residents frequently getting sewerage in their gardens.
        The current proposal by the developer is to install holding tanks and pump out at night into an overloaded system.
        It does not work now so why will it work then!

  5. Sam Snook
    March 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Biffer34-these people? who are they? is he referring to UKIP Pete.
    Lets say they concrete over Boorley Green, if you had the money
    -would by a home their? As for your question-why voters? don’t
    you care about those who don’t vote.
    Sam

  6. Sam Snook.
    March 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Sorry -Correction my reply pumping stations-they have generators.
    Sam Snook.

  7. Pete Stewart
    March 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Sam,

    I mentioned “voters” because of the political dimension. It’s not a trick question. I’m not asking you for exact numbers or necessarily numbers at all. All I would like to know (if you have any idea) is your assessment of (very roughly) how many adults (voters/ potential voters) would share your view that the Allington development would have been the best option. Do you think it would be only a handful of people, a hundred, a thousand, or thousands, or tens of thousands. It’s no big deal, just a very rough estimate in your personal opinion.

  8. March 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Very few people-until it affects them.
    Sam Snook.

  9. March 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    A Hedge End Lib Dem councillor tonight voted against a planning application for 94 houses on a greenfield site which is in the local plan (policy HE2), saying it was “overdevelopment”. This after she supported the local plan at every stage in full council. Suggests it is not just voters who don’t understand what the local plan means.

  10. Pete Stewart
    March 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Thank you Sam. Do you reckon most people in South ward would have favoured Allington over Stoneham?

  11. Sam Snook
    March 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    ASK County Councillor Andy Moore he knows more than me.

    I see UKIP had a bad night in Clifton North.

    Who told I was standing in South Ward

    Sam

    • Pete Stewart
      March 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Clifton was safe Labour so no surprises there.

      When will Labour voters realize their party is destroying British workers’ jobs by supporting the EU and the use of cheap EU labour?

      The only party supporting British workers is UKIP!

  12. Sam Snook
    March 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    BPAG
    Connection too Foul Sewers-
    I’m not 100% The new system-would could mean connection-
    do you know where they intend make this connection in Fair Oak.
    Sam Snook

  13. Sam Snook
    March 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    It appears other groups are not supporting Boorley Green, just what
    Keith House wants-one at a time.
    Sam Snook

  14. March 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

    BPAG.
    It may be a good idea to find how many brown field sites are in Eastleigh.
    Sam

  15. March 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Wikipedia

    Liberal Democrats shut down the MDA @Allington Lane.
    Inspector Closes the MDA @ Allington Close Down
    I’ll keep searching….

    Why did Keith House close down the MDA?
    Sam Snook.

  16. Sam
    March 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Got it! Its YOUR golf course he’s after-far better than the Rose Bowl’

    But why close it down-it had plans for Schools, Church, Railway Station,Shops, Doctors, a huge sewer system ready and waiting.
    But one Liberal Democrat had it closed. WHY?

    “After all it was he planned the Major Development Area> in
    Eastleigh.
    Sam Snook

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