Eastleigh Borough Council has submitted its Local Plan to the Secretary of State for formal examination today (31 October) and while the Leader of Eastleigh Council says it will deliver “the right homes in the right places” local residents objecting to the plan say they believe it fail the examination and does nothing “to help young people onto the housing ladder.”
The plan sets out the location and numbers of new developments in the Borough up until 2036 and was submitted along with all the supporting evidence and representations received in response to consultations held earlier in the year. The independent Inspector conducting the examination will consider the soundness of the Local Plan along with all the representations.
The council are now awaiting the appointment of the inspector and advice of the Planning Inspectorate on the programme for the examination process and public hearings could begin as early as next Spring.
Council Leader Keith House said,
Taking the Local Plan forward helps ensure we get the right homes in the right places, deliver the infrastructure of roads, schools and facilities our communities need and protects vital green countryside and woodland gaps between our villages and towns.
However a spokesperson for the Action Against Destructive Development (ADD) group of residents opposed to the current plan that will see over 5,000 houses and a relief road built in the green gap North of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak say they believe the plan will, like the previous one, fail to meet with the inspector’s approval. In 2014 inspector Simon Emerson suspended the public examination of the council’s previous draft plan because he said the thought the Council had failed to met Government requirements for affordable or market housing
The spokesperson told Eastleigh News:
We believe that the plan will fail when it comes before the planning inspector because it is so badly flawed and contravenes national planning guidelines in several respects. It would wreck the most environmentally sensitive part of the borough, seriously damaging several areas of ancient woodland and submerging villages in a huge urban sprawl. All this whilst doing nothing to help young people in Eastleigh onto the housing ladder.
The Council has now also appointed an independent Local Plan Programme Officer, Louise St John Howe, who will help the Inspector with the examination process who can be contacted on 07789 486419 or by emailing [email protected]