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.