Yesterday marked the end of the consultation period for Eastleigh’s latest incarnation of the local plan – which would see a potential 5000-house project on green field space in Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath.
If the largest of eight plans were approved, the new properties would account for 20% of target new builds in Hampshire.
Locals in Fair Oak are very concerned as they say such a major development could overwhelm the village.
A large group of worried residents held their own public meeting at Horton Heath Community Centre this week to discuss the implications of large scale building on their doorstep and possible actions to prevent it.
This comes after the Parish Council in Fair Oak released a draft response to the eight planning options – but many villagers told the packed meeting they felt it did not sufficiently represent their concerns and that the Parish Council had not properly consulted them.
One local said of the plan “It takes no regard of country life and fields. They can build on brown fields, not on green. You don’t get green fields back again.”
During the meeting attendees were invited to respond to a survey designed to gauge their feelings on more housing in the area.
Eastleigh Borough Council says in their local plan that new homes are desperately needed, and went on to say:
“The Council intends to bring its new local plan forward as quickly as possible, to help give certainty to communities for the future.”
The meeting was also attended by Ukip’s three Hampshire County Councillors for Eastleigh who were sharply critical of the record of borough’s administration regarding the previous failed plan.
The councillors also said they thought that the area’s existing sewage system would not be able to cope with further population growth.
Resident’s across the borough now face an anxious wait as Eastleigh planning bosses decide which areas they will proceed with.