Protest as Hamble Lane enquiry gets underway

Lowford protest

Local residents and councillors made their views known very clearly on Tuesday morning at the Lowford Centre in Bursledon ahead of a planning inquiry.

“No” to more building on Hamble Lane.

Bursledon Parish Councillor Jane Rich (front, centre) led the demonstration opposing a plan from big builder Taylor Wimpey to bust the Council’s Local Plan and build housing west of Hamble Lane.

Jane Rich said:

“Hamble Lane is one of the busiest B roads in the country.  It is an Air Quality Management Area and suffers the worst traffic congestion in the Borough, day after day.

“Building a new junction onto the Jurd Way roundabout at Hamble Lane would cause even more congestion and slow traffic and it would eat into the countryside gap between Bursledon and Southampton next to the car boot sale  site”.

Eastleigh Borough Council, Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Parish Councils and local residents all spoke out at the first day of the inquiry that is set to last all week.  First to give evidence was Borough Council Leader, and County Councillor for the area, Cllr Keith House.

“Amazingly despite an initial objection the County Council has failed to follow through and back local concerns on this development”

said Cllr House, who for 15 years, has led protests at the County Council’s plans to turn Hamble Airfield into a gravel pit.

“We all stand together, except for Hampshire County Council”.

Keith House is leader of Eastleigh Borough Council

  8 comments for “Protest as Hamble Lane enquiry gets underway

  1. April 9, 2014 at 10:29 am


    I’m sorry Keith where were you when the people objected to proposed development in the rest of Eastleigh?

    I hear all the reasons why there shouldn’t be development off Hamble Lane but those reasons apply to most of Eastleigh. In fact places like Botley, Fair Oak and Horton Heath are in a far worse situation? With no nearby employment and no worthwhile public transport? FYI worthwhile public transport is faster than 2.5 mph at rush hour and meaningful employment is not another load of zero hour, minimum wage retail jobs. A few retail jobs created in Next and a bus through the already choking Bishopstoke will not support the massive urbanisation of these parishes.

    Now where is your County Council seat again?

    This council needs to engage with the people and come across whiter than white as many suspect the worst of our Lib Dem Councillors!

    Many noted that the decision on the Fair Oak development (application received 29/11/13) was taken before the decision on the other development off Hamble Lane (application received 01/11/13). Many think that they were decided in this order because it was impossible to reject either development whilst Eastleigh Borough Council could not demonstrate a 5 year planned supply of housing.

  2. Rosie
    April 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

    We don’t all stand together! Huge numbers of Bursledon residents who don’t live off Hamble Lane are being “sold down the river” by our majority Lib Dem councils. They are protecting a car boot sale site and low quality land off Hamble Lane whilst building as many houses as possible on Bursledon’s only remaining beautiful, unspoilt agricultural meadow countryside between the M27 and A27, before approval of their Local Plan. There will be huge increases in traffic, air pollution and noise pollution (all of which are already intolerable) off the A27 and in much of Bursledon.

  3. Martin
    April 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    We aren’t all standing together on this! Many Bursledon residents would prefer building off Hamble Lane to building on the better quality contryside off the A27, which is also the only narrow green buffer left between the motorway and A27. The gap between Bursledon and Southampton’s boundary is also not countryside. The true countryside is what the Lib Dems are building on in Bursledon – now! – and their Local Plan for doing this hasn’t even been approved.

  4. Rosie
    April 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Forgot to say too that 14 people in the photo, of which at least 3 are Lib Dem councillors, including Eastleigh Borough Council leader, is hardly a “protest”. And as for the banners “More traffic and fumes” – well, try living off the A27 if you think Hamble Lane is bad!

  5. pianoman
    April 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Yes, Rosie. There were many more of us in Botley to protest about plans for more houses than we need.

  6. Matthew Myatt
    April 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I am shocked that Eastleigh News would allow a clear Political Propaganda story to be run on the site. To make things even worse, the story is written by the FibDem leader of Eastleigh Borough Council. This is not news, this is not even information. It is spin and misdirection by a political party that has no interest in Eastleigh people but only in holding on to power at ANYCOST.!

    Shame on you Keith House for turning a great local news forum, into another FibDem lie sheet.

    • April 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Let me know when these things are happening please folks, and I’ll do my best to get there and cover them. The email addresses are on our ‘Contact Us’ page.

  7. Rosie
    April 11, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I must admit, I was dismayed at the turn Eastleigh News has taken. In the past it took an independent and objective view of what was going on, especially regarding EBC actions and planning, however the last couple of articles have definitely been Lib Dem biased (eg the article about Hamble Lane and Bursledon planned developments, which omitted to point out that the Lib Dems are protecting a car boot sale site and other poor quality land sites off Hamble Lane as “countryside” whilst destroying the true Bursledon countryside and the only green buffers between the heavily-polluting and noisy M27 and A27). We have enough misleading “information” from the Lib Dems pushed through our letterboxes without reading the same here.

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