Local Plan ‘on target’ say council

Eastleigh Civic offices


Eastleigh Borough Council have announced that Eastleigh’s long-awaited Local Plan is ‘on target’ for public examination by the Independent Planning Inspector later this year.

Following the completion on June 21 of an additional public consultation processas the request of the Inspector, all documentation has now been forwarded for consideration and once the Inspector is satisfied with the submission they will authorise publication on the council website.

The latest version of the plan includes updates to the Sustainability Appraisal, Habitat Regulations Assessment, Public Transport Assessment, together with updates on M3 Junction 12 and Allbrook railway bridge – items that have been most contested by residents and campaigners who object to the plan’s proposed housing development that will be sited North of Bishopstoke and west of Fair Oak.

The original version of the Local Plan 2011 to 2029 was submitted in July 2014 but had to be withdrawn after criticism from the Inspector who cited concerns over land supply and insufficient housing numbers but the council say they are confident that their latest plan 2016 – 2036 addresses all potential concerns.

A spokesperson for the Council said in a statement:

“Our Local Plan, submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last October, remains on course with additional detail requested by the Inspector submitted on time in the usual way

The Council is pleased with the latest evidence that builds the case for sustainable development that meets housing need and tackles congestion yet still protects the countryside gaps between our communities.”

Residents campaign group ADD told Eastleigh News they wanted to see the the new evidence and cast doubt on the council’s claim that its publication was subject to the Inspector’s prior approval .

A spokesperson for the campaigners told Eastleigh News:

“We have not seen Eastleigh’s latest evidence as the council has yet to make it publicly available. However, its claims for the local plan are decidedly premature. It is for the planning inspector not the council to determine whether or not the plan is sound.
ADD believes that it is not.”