BPAG win High Court appeal

Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Meadow at Boorley Green, photo Peter Facey

Campaigners opposed to housing development at Boorley Green were celebrating last night after they won a High Court appeal granting a judicial review of the planning decision to build 1,400 new homes in the village.

Botley Parish Action Group had previously been turned down twice but the group persisted despite Eastleigh Council leader Keith House urging them to back the plan and to stop “wasting time and money”.

Today a ‘disappointed’ Cllr House said the proposed development at Boorley Green was “much needed” and vowed to contest any action:

It is in the nature of the legal system to test arguments and all this does is create additional delay rather than change any decision. We will be robustly defending our decision and are confident that it will be upheld.

A spokesman for the campaigners said:

BPAG are delighted the Court of Appeal have given us permission to take our legal challenge to a full Hearing. We have always believed we have an arguable legal case to challenge the premature grant of permission ahead of the examination of the Local Plan in public.

We are convinced Boorley Green is not an appropriate option for development of this scale due to its remoteness to services, transport and education, and the lack of infrastructure which is already overloaded. There are better alternatives.

  14 comments for “BPAG win High Court appeal

  1. david
    September 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Great news ! House is just scared of loosing all the revenue from these ridiculous housing plans so he can’t spend on more white elephants or perks for his lazy council cronies.

    • rob
      September 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      I thi k the point is nowhere in the borough is suitable for this number of houses, the infrastructure particularly roads cannot cope as it is, whether it be in Botley, Fair Oak, Horton Heath or Eastleigh, we need these houses assuming they would be starter and small family homes but nobody has the halls to DEMAND things like the Chickenhall link road, new schools and doctors we just get palmed off with junction improvements and flim flam.

  2. September 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Unfortunately I think Cllr House will just put Houses elsewhere. He and the other FibDems treat Eastleigh like a Monopoly board. They put houses and hotels wherever they like in order to maximise taxes and revenue. The residents of Eastleigh pay the price with congestion, poor air quality and reduced quality of life.   Oh and never be fooled by the “we need more housing” cry. Ask your local Cllr what percentage of this housing is for the people of Eastleigh. 

    The honest answer is below 50 percent! That shameful number came from Eastleigh Borough Councils estimate.

    • Eastleigh Bloke
      September 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

      But, as with many issues that are raised on here, the people of Eastleigh clearly don’t mind / care as they keep re-electing the LibDems.

      • September 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

        It would appear that way but the Lib Dems have been misleading the electorate. They always bombard the area with a vast array of misleading literature. In fact last time round I received several publications pretending to be newspapers that were in fact Fib Dem propaganda. And let’s not forget the blatant misleading leaflets coming from Lib Dem Councillor Anne Winstanley which the Lib Dems didn’t even dare brand. I think the people of Eastleigh do care, it’s just think they have been deceived by the huge amount of Lib Dem propaganda. Take a look at the Focus, it shows how your local Lib Dems resolve the issues in our borough. What it neglects to mention is that the issues have been created by previous decisions of our local Lib Dems.

        I wonder how an honest Lib Dem campaign would go down? 

        We promise to build 1000s of homes on greenfields near you!

        We won’t be giving you a junction 6 as the highways authority already think the M27 is too congested, therefore we will work to divert traffic through our towns and villages

        We will replace existing roundabouts with bigger ones. It won’t fix the congestion from 20,000 plus cars but we don’t care

        We will ask Hampshire County Council to build a school or two at locations nowhere near the catchment area of said schools

        We will provide new jobs in retail and maybe a lorry park or two but nothing skilled

        Vote winner?

        • September 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

          Let us not forget. Ask why, back in May, Thursday 22nd The evening of the Borough Election count. How could it take three hours for Ballot boxes to come from Botley to reach Flemming park for the count.
          Yes the counters sitting there about 1AM twiddling their thumbs. When asked what they are waiting for, the reply is “Ballot boxes from Botley”. This however has been denied by the Council who claim they were there all the time!!

          Just Saying

          • Botley Resident
            September 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

            Hmm. The Lib Dem Who ‘won’ the Botley seat couln’t even be bothered to turn up to the HEWEB LAC on Monday 8th Sept (when a Reserved matters Palnning application for Boorley Green was voted on by the Lib Dems and passed!!!ven though the consultation period does not end until 29th September!)
            She was marked absent… no appologies.
            Gave the excuse I hear that she had been in Oxford that day!!!

            The Botley ward was NOT represented as the other Lib DEm Councillor for Botley was on vacation, as he is entitled to be.

            • Mick
              September 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

              It just proves that these self serving scum are not fit for purpose. here is example of particular Lib Dem parish councillor in one of the parishes close to Eastleigh. Single mother, on benefits, living off the state in a council house, never had a job in her life. I me, for god sake, how is she qualified to represent people?

              The problem seems to be, the people of Eastleigh are just unaware of what they are voting for… How can these sort of people represent the hard working people of our borough?

              • Botley Resident
                September 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

                Not sure who you are referring to. But the person elected to serve the Botley ward in May, is NOT a Parish Councillor as far as I know.

              • Botley Resident
                September 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm

                Reference is to Borough Councillors

  3. September 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Absolutely spot on Mathew ! but still the people vote them in! something I have never understood as it seems to be only here in Eastleigh that the voters complain loudly about the councils ’embroidered but unfulfilled promises ‘ but then still vote them in almost in a childlike mummy threat….’you do that again and I wont vote for you’ It is totally weird .

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    September 5, 2014 at 1:42 am

    This post has been updated as the story originally suggested BPAG had been granted leave apply for a judicial review of EBC’s decision to grant planning permission to the development at Boorley – to be quite clear – the appeal court decision means there will be a judicial review in due course.

  5. Rosie
    September 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Don’t forget, too, the pre-by-election leaflet delivered to Bursledon residents – just a few days before the 2013 by-election – saying that the Council had made a big CUT in the amount of greenfield building needed over the next 20 years and saved EVERY site in and around Bursledon. (Omitting to say “except the hundreds of houses we plan to build on Bursledon’s most beautiful countryside sites in the next 0-5 years”!) Then they rushed through developer applications – and approved them (despite the Local Plan not being approved and despite local people raising the same objections that the Bursledon and Eastleigh Lib Dems themselves use to NOT builld on Hamble Lane/the car boot sale site – an ideal site for a lot of truly affordable housing units for local people). Don’t know how any of them can hold their heads up when they walk around the Borough – they all ought to be bowing their heads in shame at how they lie to their electorate and how they are ruining some of Hampshire’s best countryside sites – especially when it’s all about personal power and greed. Seven new houses couldn’t sell in Bursledon for 2 years so how do they expect hundreds to sell, unless Eastleigh is planning to become another London Borough!

  6. Sam Snook
    September 11, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Well done BPAG!!! its time Local Councillors listened and supported local
    people. “Not their party leader”
    Sam Snook

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