Boorley Green appeal bid fails again

Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Campaigners opposed to a large housing development at Boorley Green have suffered another setback today after a judge ruled against their appeal contesting a decision not agree to a judicial review into the plans.

This is the second time has been knocked back and the Botley Parish Action Group and Botley Park Golfers issued a joint statement to say they were seeking urgent advice as to whether or not they had any grounds for further appeal

Meanwhile Council Leader Keith House urged Boorley Green residents to back the council saying they should stop “wasting time and money” as the most they could achieve would be to delay construction at Boorley Green by “just a few more weeks”.

The plans will see a 1,400 home estate built on the rural Botley Park golf course in what BPAG says is the biggest development in the borough for 25 years, which they say, would ‘swamp’ Boorley Green and nearby Botley.

The campaigners accused th council of “multiple failures” in delivering the local plan and an adequate housing supply.

Earlier in the week a planning inspector allowed a disputed development on Hamble Lane to go ahead after he decided the council had been ‘unduly optimistic’ about their housing supply.

In an email to Eastleigh News BPAG Chair Sue Grinham she believed the problems currently besetting EBC could have been avoided if they had opted for the former ‘major development area’ at Allington Lane which had been narrowly rejected by the public during early consultation on the local plan.

“If EBC had proceeded with the selection of the site of Allington Lane they could have saved everyone a lot of grief and had their Local plan would have been signed and agreed months ago. The villages of Botley Horton Heath and Fair Oak would not have been exposed to further high density development and an opportunity to regenerate Eastleigh town could have been created along with redevelopment of the old rail works”.

Speaking for the Botley Park golfers – who will now lose their course as a result of this decision – former chief executive of Eastleigh Borough Council Chris Tapp said the council should be ashamed by the failings of their planning strategy.

“The responsibility for the situation, in which there was no up-to-date Local Plan, nor a five-year housing land supply, lies directly in the failures of Eastleigh Council. For the Council to have relied so heavily on those failures to seek to “justify” the grant of planning permission is a travesty of proper, responsible planning, for which the Council should be ashamed”.

Keith House hit back saying:

“Chris Tapp retired some years ago and is clearly unaware of how the planning system works nowadays.  As a Planning Inspector observed just this week, this site was inevitably going to proceed.  It bears no relationship to the Local Plan or even significantly to a five-year land supply.  The Council had a responsibility to decide the application based on national planning policies, as well as local ones, and it did”.

Reacting to the planning inspectorates decision to allow building off Hamble Lane to proceed Keith House said:

 “One rogue Planning Inspectorate decision is not going to set us back”

“The stakes remain high to save more of our countryside around all of our villages, but the Lib Dem Council team is determined to fight on”.



Commenting on Keith House’s criticism of him, Chris Tapp added


“The Council’s responsibilities to have both an up-to-date Local Plan, and a five year supply of land for housing development, are key parts of government planning policy. These, in Councillor House’s own words, are part of “how the planning system works nowadays”. The Council have failed to meet either of them. They specifically relied on those failures in granting the Boorley Green planning permission, and in their defence to the BPAG legal action.

If more confirmation were needed, the impact of these Council failures can also be clearly seen, in the Planning Inspector’s decision this week, on an appeal by developers, to grant the Hamble Lane planning permission.”



  52 comments for “Boorley Green appeal bid fails again

  1. May 2, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I guess the good people of boorley green would support development on a super size scale else ware as long as it ain’t on their door step, but as stated boorley green was voted on over allington lane by the people of the borough , if the vote had gone in allington lanes favour well who knows.As for the golf course well it’s the one they play on they don’t own it sorry and it seems the high court don’t think EBC has done any thing illegal . If EBC had turned this down an planning appeal would have followed giving approval.

  2. May 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

    When Eric Pickles and the coalition government were introducing the localism bill, they forgot to tell the citizens that the bill was going to make it harder for opposition groups fighting developers to get a no decision rather than an easier yes decision for the developers. Lets not forget that developers poured £3.3 million into the last Tory general election fund.

    We have at this time a situation where developers cannot keep up with programs, we have house prices reportedly rising and now recent reports state that people applying for a mortgage will face tougher quizzing along with tough questioning over their personal spending. So much for affordable housing.

    Who isn’t surprised by Lib Dem council leader Keith House being quoted as residents should stop “wasting time and money” as any delay would only delay construction by a few weeks? This is the exact sort of situation where local referendums would play a part in local democracy, rather than having to put up with the closed doors decision making of ‘council cabinets’ that brush residents views and opinions aside.

    The next outrageous thing from the Lib Dems will be to falsely accuse UKIP of supporting thousands of new homes being built in the area. Oh I forgot, they have already done that!

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 2, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This is the second knock back this week for anti-development campaigners and it does seem, as EBC itself found out, that resistance is futile.

    Just sit back and let it happen folks.

    Get the TV plugged in – there’s a repeat of a repeat of X-factor on in a minute

    This is a housing led recovery and you can’t stand in the way of national prosperity.

    Will all this building backed by cheap credit result in a supply of cheap and affordable housing or a debt-fuelled asset price bubble driven by speculators?

    Never mind, Boorley Greeners upset at the loss of countryside should consider selling up now and moving to the wilds of Scotland, plenty of golf courses up there and lots of room to build your own eco-home.

  4. Botley Voter
    May 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Firstly KH gets it wrong again. It is the residents of Botley AND surrounding (not just Boorley Green) area’s who are against this premature unsuitable development.
    A far more suitable site exists at Allington Lane (EBC’s own Planning & Policy Design group reccomendation in 2011).
    Botley residents ARE NOT against building of more needed homes, in fact most agree 300 extra homes as outlined in EBC’s Local Plan 2011-2029 policy BO2 Botley could sustain.
    We are in this mess because of political interference by the ruling party on EBC. If a Local Plan had been in force on Jan 1st 2011 for the period 2011-2029 with an identified 5 year land supply for housing, that Allington Lane could easily deliver (EBC Planning and policy design group advice to cabinet in 2011).
    The farsical survey mentioned was sent to 70,000 households in Eastleigh. Only 3% responded, you would struggle to get a sheet of bronco between the results between Boorley Green an Allington Lane. The results were slanted in not choosing Alllington Lane by the number of residents in the Allington Lane, West End and Bishopstoke area’s.
    Botley only has 2,141 households of which many residents maintain they never received the survey.
    Would you make a serious business decision on such poor return…No.
    I also find it strange that EBC and the developers engaged the services of an external PR company in December 2011 with the primary aim of promoting the Boorley Green site and opposition to it from then on. This I presume was at EBC Council tax payers expense.
    This was before any Local Plan or planning application consultations had gone out

      • May 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

        The developers hired the PR firm not EBC , this would have been done regardless of what political party was running the council.No doubt when EBC begin promoting their/ our land which they intend to do at hatch grange they well seek PR help from a company like this.Perhaps some one should question why parish council money from reserves is being used to fund this fight, no doubt when the borough council subsidy stops if it hasn’t already they will be able to claw it back from parishioners,who knew they were so flush look out botley/curdridge/ durley check the the small print on your community charge it might look like 1.5/2 percent going into parish council accounts.they may even say thank you

        • Botley Voter
          May 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

          I would STRONGLY suggest you read the Quatro link.
          It quite clearly says EBC are the client.
          And they were engaged with the LD group at EBC.

          AS far as I am aware ONLY Donated funds have been used to fight the application for JR. NO Parish Council funds have been used.

          • Keith House
            May 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

            Eastleigh Borough Council did not fund any public relations agency or activity relating to this site, or indeed any other site.

            • Botley Voter
              May 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

              Why does it state EBC is the client?

            • Botley Voter
              May 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

              Still no answer on why EBC are the client. Wonder why?
              An answer would be good.

            • Botley Voter
              May 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

              Thank you for clarifying that bit

            • Botley Voter
              May 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

              I notice the Quattro site has been altered this morning with respect to the Client name.

          • May 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

            No it doesn’t it tells who hired them ie ashill/ landhold/ hotel chain they had to liase with the controlling lib dems

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Yes indeed, the ‘survey’ had a poor response and Boorley was only narrowly preferred – there was something like 50 votes in it.
      I assume the only people who voted were those likely to most affected but they are the ones whose opinions mattered the most.

  5. Triona
    May 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    All we hear is house houses houses but little or no mention of the infracstructure to support this – our roads are @ucked our public transport network is an expensive and unreliable joke – anyone with any money will move out of eastleigh taking their £££ with them (this includes employers) leaving it populated by benefit claimants and immigrants. While House and his FIB Dem buddies shaft them

  6. Rosie
    May 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Just 7 attractive new houses close to the River Hamble and Old Bursledon have taken nearly a year to sell and be fully occupied (about two years since marketing started). How does EBC think that not even hundreds but thousands of similar houses our semi-rural areas will sell in the next five years or so (ie Boorley Green and Bursledon countryside building applications EBC are steam-rollering through before Local Plan approval)? And due to the ill-thought out Govt scheme to top up lending (which will result in another negative equity crisis in the future!), the 7 new houses here were well overpriced -no doubt to allow extra builder profit to compensate delays in buyers getting that funding in addition to mortgage applications! And where are the brownfield site development applications that the Local Plan promises?? EBC and Parish Lib Dems should be ashamed at destroying so much of our last remaining countryside as an easy option to meet house targets due to them not having a Local Plan to replace the last one. They were in power all that time so they have noone else to blame. No wonder local Lib Dem councillors are resigning! Hopefully they’re deserting a sinking ship!

  7. Rosie
    May 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Did anyone in Bursledon receive it? We certainly knew nothing about it!

  8. Rosie
    May 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

    So true re people leaving. You only have to look at the number of houses sold in areas of Bursledon near the proposed BU1 and BU2 developments (eg by the Windmill and Bridge Close) to see how many long-term residents there have left in a short time. How many more are planning to leave or will do so once these developments go ahead? Our Lib Dem Councillors are turning our villages into a sprawling “new town” which will, no doubt, be populated mostly by non-local residents (many will commute to London/Surrey/Berks etc). The rest will be buy to let or social housing, no doubt. All this just to satisfy the Lib Dems’ political ambitions. Unforgiveable! This part of Hampshire is fast becoming another Cornwall!

  9. May 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    The opening paragraph in your link informs us who hired them, poor old EBC don’t get a look in till line thirteen when the “lliased” is used because the lib dems are the ruling or controlling party

  10. May 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Botley voter I trust you have read botley and curdridge parish council minutes from meeting over the past few months , yes donated money has been used but also reserve funds ,

    • Botley Voter
      May 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Sorry disagree with you

    • Botley Voter
      May 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      How much of public funds did EBC spend stopping a FOI demand by the information commissioner in the High Court, from being made public.

      Pot calling the kettle black comes to mind!

    • eric norman
      May 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Why dont you use your full name? Oh could it be that you are a local Lib Dem councillor?

      • May 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

        Don’t know who Botley Voter is, but unlikely that a LibDem councillor would be drawing attention to the amount of money Council spent to stop giving out information under FOI !! Anyone know how much it was exactly?

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          May 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

          You would have to put in an FOI for that. 😉

        • eric norman
          May 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

          Sorry that was meant to be addressed to biffer34.

  11. Lindsay
    May 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I think Biffer34 chooses to forgetBoorley Green are only 200 homes and part of Botley, BPAG is Botley Parish Action Group (not Boorley Green Action group) a big membership organisation with over 1500 members from all over the Botley community, Hedge End, Curdridge, Hedge End Durley and Horton Heath. People that understand the implications that such a badly planned development would bring. A huge sprawling estate with one shop and a primary school, totally car dependant and all of the traffic will have to filter through the surrounding villages. If this was the right place for development in the borough there would not be this type of kick back, but everyone including the professional planners know this is political planning for ulterior motives gone crazy…not proper well managed development. Eastleigh borough councillors should be ashamed at the legacy and destruction they have wrought. ….but they won’t be they are shameless!!!!

  12. Lindsay
    May 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I suggest Biffer34 cannot read!! Botley Parish Council minutes say nothing of the sort. No Parish public funds have been used at all in this fight to date…many hundreds of public donations have been utilised …get your facts right! I suspect Eric is correct…another Libdem councillor that is frightened to come out in the open and loves to twist the truth!

  13. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Chris Tapp emailed a response to Keith House’s suggestion that the former Chief Exec was out of touch on planning procedure and I have added it to the article.

  14. May 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I admit my schooling ain’t the best but have a quick gander at botley pc minutes posted on the 14/01/14 item 182/13 scroll down to commitment and expenditure  The Committee will have a budget set by the Council.
     The Committee has a spending limit of £2,500 per single item or commitment. Expenditure greater than this
    amount must be approved by the Parish Council before an order is placed. Now if not bored have a look at the minutes posted on 11/03/14 item 226/13 members were asked to consider a proposal from Cllr Hunter that BPC transfer to the Botley Parish Action Group the public donations of £2,855.00 received last year as contributions towards the cost of Botley Parish Council pursuing a Judicial Review application.
    Cllr Mercer proposed to amend the proposal to the effect that:
    The Parish Council agrees to use the £2,855 held as donations as a means to make settlement payments on behalf of BPAG for legal fees incurred while pursing the Judicial Review. Payment, to a total value no greater than £2,855, to be made following the presentation by BPAG of supplier’s invoices due for payment. The Parish Council will not attempt to recover VAT on these payments because it would be illegal to do so. Agreed
    Cllr Grinham thanked the Parish Council for the gesture of support. Now public donations are worthy and should be used for which they were given. Item 227.4 of the same minutes The Clerk reported receipt of a cheque payment of £2,500 from Curdridge PC as a donation to Botley Parish Council in respect of the costs of the Judicial Review being undertaken by BPAG. The Clerk was asked to inform Curdridge PC that the Council intends to use the donation fund to pay suppliers invoices presented by BPAG. To ensure accountability for the use of public funds Curdridge PC will be given full details of the nature of all payments made against the donation. Now I may be wrong but all bar the donation money,I think the rest is coming out of PC budgets and I’m not a secret lib dem councillor I work for my crust.

    • Botley Voter
      May 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Your interpretation I think is flawed.

      • Lindsay
        May 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Biffer35 I only made reference to Botley.

        Ithink you need to brush up on your comprehension skills. These notes show how Botley Parish Council will utilise the publicly donated funds of 2855 pounds for reimbursing BPAG’s JR invoices. These are publicly donated funds from households concerned enough about the development to reach into their own pockets. These are NOT public funds! It does not say that Botley Parish Council have made any reimbursement utilising public funds.

        The minutes do suggest there is an intent to utilise public funds but this was supported by the a parish wide survey which had a return of 98% supporting spending of Parish funds on contesting the JR. Botley Parish Council also warned the parish this may delay public spending on other initiatives. The parish was well informed – but still voted the way they did, so there should be no shocks for them.

        This is a bit different to EBC who conducted a survey misrepresenting some of the benefits of the Boorley Green development. and omitted the benefits of Allington. Including stating services could be provided where they were much needed in Boorley Green. 98% of Boorley Green residents rejected the need for those services.

  15. May 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Sorry I can’t read, botley PC minutes dated 14.01.14 item 182/13 commitment and expenditure, 11.03.14 item 227.4 thank you to Curdridge PC £2,500

  16. May 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    The Committee will have a budget set by the Council.
     The Committee has a spending limit of £2,500 per single item or commitment. Expenditure greater than this
    amount must be approved by the Parish Council before an order is placed.

  17. May 2, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    The Clerk reported receipt of a cheque payment of £2,500 from Curdridge PC as a donation to Botley Parish Council in respect of the costs of the Judicial Review being undertaken by BPAG. The Clerk was asked to inform Curdridge PC that the Council intends to use the donation fund to pay suppliers invoices presented by BPAG. To ensure accountability for the use of public funds Curdridge PC will be given full details of the nature of all payments made against the donation.

  18. Botley Voter
    May 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    We have obviously raised some very serious issues here that require straight answers from what are clearly two members from the LD EBC cabinet who seem
    to prefer to deflect rather than answer.
    That is a real shame.

  19. May 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    No you haven’t

    • Botley Voter
      May 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Answer why EBC are the client on the Quattro client entry for Boorley Green & Pylands for a start.
      If it is wrong say so and PROVE IT.

  20. Pete Stewart
    May 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Hands up those who would prefer Allington to Boorley Green.

    • May 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Hands up those who would prefer a rational plan to use the 600,000 empty houses in the country and develop brown field sites in existing urban areas before we destroy green areas for ever. Won’t happen as long as housing development lobbyists influence politicians of all parties and at all levels, and local UKIP and Lib Dems gleefully set one group of local people against another.

    • Botley, Curdridge and Durley
      May 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Yes all of us in Botley, curdridge, Durley .

  21. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I don’t think Ukip promotion of Allington Lane will win you many votes in West End – nor Boorley Green for that matter.

  22. Pete Stewart
    May 3, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    It would be interesting to see if public opinion has changed over the years.

    From the above comprehensive survey, clearly Botley, Curdridge and Durley favours Allington.

    But what about Boorley Green and West End: Where would you rather the houses were built?

  23. Botley, Curdridge and Durley
    May 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Your are very I’ll informed just like ALL UKIP people.
    Boorley Green is part of Botley.
    That is why the UKIP vote will fail in BOTLEY!

    • Pete Stewart
      May 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Well thank ye “Botley, Curdridge and Durley”. Please forgive me for being so … I’ll informed.

      There I was, thinking Boorley Green and Botley were two different places, when all the while they were one place. So much for maps.

      But now you mention it, I see how glaringly obvious it is, that “Boorley Green” was meant to read “Botley”.

      I reckon the cartographer sneezed just after inserting the letter “B” on the map. Instead of finishing with “otley”, his hand shook and he inserted the letters “oorley Green” by mistake.

      p.s. Is Botley a part of Eastleigh?

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        May 3, 2014 at 11:37 pm

        Yes, but it wishes it wasn’t

      • Botley Voter
        May 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

        Boorley Green is a hamlet that has always been part of the parish of Botley

  24. Botley Voter
    May 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Guess where the houses will go in the next local plan 2029-2049 or before if the emerging local plan fails?
    Allington Lane and Gamble!

  25. Botley Voter
    May 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm


    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      that would be a gamble…

  26. Botley Voter
    May 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Buy shares in Readymix and Amey Road stone.
    As the LD’s have plans for mass concreting of the Borough!

  27. Bernie
    May 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    hands u p if you want the £££ made in housing matched with £££ spent on new infrastructure and not FIB dem campaigning

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