Local plan hearings in change of venue

The public examination of Eastleigh’s long delayed Local Plan draws to its conclusion this week with a change of venue for the last two days of hearings after the original venue – the Botleigh Grange Hotel – pulled down the shutters and called in the administrators.

The remaining sessions start Tuesday 28 January and Wednesday 29 January will now take place at the council’s Civic Offices on Upper Market street.

A 400 strong crowd of people had picketed the ill-fated Hotel at the start of the hearing back in November in opposition to the Council’s proposals to site 5,000 new houses and a relief road in countryside North of Bishopstoke. Since then planning experts representing both the council and the residents group Action Against Destructive Development (ADD) have been making their cases for and against the development that the Council say will deliver much needed housing  but ADD warns will destroy irreplaceable natural habitat.

The Planning inspector is not expected to report back on her decision until the summer.

Details of this weeks examination timetable can be found on the council website here.