Local housing on council meeting agenda

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Eastleigh Council is set to consider its Emerging Local Plan – which will determine the location of future housing development in the borough  – at a meeting to be held at King’s Community Church, Hedge End at 7pm on 20 July 2017.

The report outlines the emerging approach for the Eastleigh Local Plan including proposals for the Strategic Growth Option and other housing allocations for the period until 2036.

The council say that national policy requires them to help meet a housing shortfall in South Hampshire and they have set a target of 14,600 new homes because more people are living longer and this has resulted in younger people having difficulty in getting their own homes.

A council press release on the Local Plan identifies:

– a major need for new homes including a Strategic Growth Option to the north and east of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak that will create a new community with homes, jobs, schools, shops and open spaces – the need to ensure the environment including ancient woodland and River Itchen are properly protected

The following will take place after the decision on 20 July;

– results of key assessments such as ongoing transport, habitat and biodiversity studies will be fully considered and discussed and incorporated into the Local Plan before a final decision is made

– an engagement process will be undertaken before a final decision is made – anticipated to be later in the year

– a formal public consultation will take place once the Council has taken its decision on the Local Plan ‘submission’

This plan and the public representations are then submitted to a public examination by an independent planning inspector who will decide whether the plan is ‘sound’ before the Council adopts it.

Council Leader Keith House said:

“This Local Plan confirms that we remain committed to getting the right homes in the right places, protecting the gaps between out towns and villages and tackling congestion at the same time. Long term planning for the next 20 years gives us greater opportunity to ensure we can fund the infrastructure we need for the future.”

As with all meetings of the full council, it will be open to the public and there will be an opportunity for members of the public to speak.