Keith House sticks up for Green Belt

Keith House

The Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Keith House, has hit out at a planning consultant’s ‘lobbying’ against a South Hampshire Green Belt.

Yesterday Eastleigh News reported remarks made by Robin Shepherd of Southampton-based planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore who said that proposals presented by the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) to the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) would “pull up the drawbridge” on any development around Hampshire’s core cities and hamper future economic growth.

This morning Councillor House – a member of the PUSH Committee – declared himself strongly in favour of CPRE’s proposals and accused Hampshire County Council of ‘blocking’ previous initiatives to establish one:

“Eastleigh Borough Council has backed a South Hampshire Green Belt for years.  The Green Belt was a key part of proposals from South Hampshire Councils for joint working that were blocked by Hampshire County Council”, said Cllr House.

“It is hardly surprising that developers’ lobbyist Robin Shepherd has spoken out against a Green Belt.  He has form at planning appeals supporting hostile planning applications in Eastleigh that would remove countryside gaps between local towns and villages.  I welcome CPRE’s support for a Green Belt.  It would be good for the County Council to join Hampshire’s Districts backing protection for key countryside gaps and wildlife corridors.”

  2 comments for “Keith House sticks up for Green Belt

  1. Rosie
    June 21, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    We had a Green Belt in Bursledon – ancient oak lined meadows designated in the 2011 Local Plan as Countryside, then sneakily changed to “Urban” in the never-approved Draft 2013 Local Plan, so the Lib Dems just steam rollered in planning applications during the 2013 Local Plan process. What was our Green Belt now has ugly new houses on it (none in keeping with existing property styles), and the views of and from Bursledon Windmill and Blundell Lane have been destroyed. Ditto the massive countryside area adjacent to Manor Farm Country Park, which has been destroyed by mass building and a huge road cut through ancient oaks. Such a shame CPRE didn’t get involved to protect South Hampshire countryside until recently. We might have avoided the mass destruction of countryside in this area by the Lib Dems headed up by Keith House.

    • John Milne
      June 22, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      But if Keith doesn’t build all over the borough how will the Lib Dems manage to service the colossal debt that they’ve built up?

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