Category: Local Plan

Eastleigh approves Local Plan

Eastleigh’s councillors have agreed to submit the Local Plan for independent examination by the government inspector at last Thursday’s (18 October) council meeting at The Point.  The Local Plan determines the location and number of new homes to be built in the Borough up until 2036 and provides for over 5,000 new homes and a…

Local Plan consultation starts Monday

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Chief Executive Nick Tustian has signed off the Local Plan today. With all the evidence and technical reports in place the long awaited public consultation can now finally get underway . The consultation starts at 12 noon on Monday (June 25) and will run until 12 midnight on Monday 6th August. This…

Green Belt proposals could hit local prosperity

Proposals for a new Green Belt to restrict building in South Hampshire should be carefully considered to ensure they do not adversely affect growth and prosperity in the region, a leading planning expert has warned. Robin Shepherd of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has said proposals presented by the Hampshire Branch of the Campaign…

Could butterflies stop the bulldozers?

Local campaigners opposed to the construction of thousands of new homes on countryside North of Bishopstoke say they are ‘delighted’ to have been given the support of a local butterfly conservation group. A spokesperson for Action Against Destructive Development told Eastleigh News that wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation was the latest group “to add to the…

Parish council to give cash to protest group

Parish Councillors in neighbouring Colden Common have agreed to donate £3,000 to campaigners who are trying to stop Eastleigh’s controversial Local Plan in a move that was described by Eastleigh Council Leader Keith House as of ‘dubious legality’ that would raise ‘unrealistic expectations’. The Parish Council at Colden Common – which lies within the Winchester…

Public consultation timetable announced

  Eastleigh Borough Council have announced dates and venues for a series of ‘drop-in’ sessions which will give local Residents the chance to comment on whether they think the draft plan has been prepared in accordance with local plan regulations and whether or not it is “sound.” This will be the last chance for residents to…

Bishopstoke residents to attempt world record

  Residents in Bishopstoke are planning to dress up as trees as part of a world record-breaking protest to publicise their campaign against the Council’s Local Plan. The protestors are upset that the Borough Council’s emerging plan will see thousands of houses and a major relief road built on countryside close to their homes on…

Independents ‘disappointed’ by Lib Dem ‘name calling’

The newly-elected Leader of Eastleigh’s Independent Group, Councillor Louise Parker-Jones, has said she is ‘disappointed’ by the Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable who branded her supporters as ‘nimbys’. Dr Cable made the comments following last week’s local elections when Eastleigh’s Liberal Democrats were returned to power with an increased majority but lost all three seats…

Vince Cable: ‘I’m certain Bishopstoke will come back’

The Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has praised Eastleigh’s victorious Lib Dems for the ‘brave’ way they have stood up to ‘nimbys’ at a rally in Central Eastleigh. Despite an emphatic victory in Thursday local election, Independents in Bishopstoke unseated three sitting Lib Dems and the party has wasted no time in wheeling out a…

All seats up for grabs in Eastleigh Election

Voters in every ward in Eastleigh Borough are headed to polls today to choose a new council in a rare ‘all out’ vote that could see a fundamental change in the balance of power in a town that has been Liberal Democrat since 1994. Boundary changes, an active anti-development lobby and recent defections have combined…

Javid letter sparks local plan war of words

The news that the Housing Minister Sajid Javid has written to Eastleigh Borough Council to warn them they were now expected to publish their draft local plan by September sparked a war of words between Eastleigh’s Conservative Mp and its Liberal Democrat Council Leader Keith House. Following the publication of the letter, the MP for…

Council buy land to develop at Horton Heath

  Eastleigh Borough Council has formed an ‘innovative’ partnership with builders Galliford Try in order to develop land between West End and Horton Heath the trade magazine Inside Housing has revealed. The greenfield site, recently purchased by the council is bordered by Allington Lane, Burnetts Lane and Chalcroft Industrial Estate and Eastleigh Borough Council has…

MP hints at more Town Centre housing

Eastleigh’s MP has revealed a brown field site ‘in the centre of Eastleigh’ – currently owned by Network Rail could be re-developed for housing. In a press release Mims Davies describes a recent meeting she had with roads minister Jesse Norman in which she presented the case for a Chickenhall Lane link road but during…

Mayor and Deputy quit Lib Dems over Local Plan

Eastleigh’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor have both quit the council’s ruling Liberal Democrat Group over Local Plan concerns. The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Sollitt and her deputy Cllr Chris Thomas have joined three other rebel councillors who form the  Independent Liberal Democratic group led by Cllr Steve Sollitt – the Mayor’s son. The move means that…

Government warns council over Local Plan

The Government has warned Eastleigh Borough Council that it might step in and take over responsibility for its housing plans if it fails to make progress in producing a Local Plan. If this happened the council may have a Local Plan imposed on it. In a letter to the council Sajid Javid, the Secretary of…