Category: Local Plan

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…

Lib Dems continue to split over Local Plan

Another councillor has resigned from Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrat group over the direction of the Local Plan and has joined rebel councillors Steve Sollitt and Sarah Bain who who have been sitting as the Independent Liberal Democratic Group since resigning themselves in August. Cllr Mark Balaam who was elected in 2015 for Eastleigh Central said…

A chance to ‘shape your community’

  Eastleigh council has launched a “shaping your community” survey to give local people a chance to feedback on what their planning priorities are for the Borough. While the council continues to work on collecting evidence for the emerging local plan they say the survey will help them gain a better understanding of what local…

Hamble yacht harbour seeks local views on regeneration

MDL Marinas, the owners of Mercury Yacht Harbour, are to consult the Hamble community on their draft plans for a “mixed-use regeneration” of the site. In a press release MDL describe the harbour as an “under-used brownfield” which they say they will improve and enhance “for the benefit of all”. The site owners plan to…

Lib Dems quit over housing plan ‘soundeness’

Two members of Eastleigh’s ruling Liberal Democrat group have resigned from the party citing concerns over the ‘soundness’ of Eastleigh’s emerging local plan. But Cllr Sarah Bain and Cllr Steve Sollitt say they will continue to represent their wards as ‘Independent Liberal Democrats’. Both councillors had joined fellow Lib Dem Cllr Mark Balaam and Conservative…

‘I’d chain myself to the railings’

Lib Dem hopeful Mike Thornton has told Eastleigh News he would “chain myself to the railings” to prevent development on Stokepark Woods in Bishopstoke. The location of future housing in the emerging local plan has become an election issue with the Conservative candidate Mims Davies backing protestors who are opposed to options B and C…

Report: Eastleigh General Election Hustings 2017

Eastleigh’s Parliamentary hopefuls have taken part in an General Election hustings at Kings Community Church Hedge End where around 120 local people gathered to listen to the wannabe MPs answer selected pre-submitted questions in a two hour session chaired by Nigel Paterson. All five candidates took part and included Eastleigh’s most recent MP Mims Davies Conservative),…

Eastleigh’s local plan moves a step closer

  Eastleigh’s much delayed  local plan has moved a step closer to reality last night after Liberal Democrat councillors voted to focus on plans for more housing  in Bishopstoke and Fair Oak with a new by-pass  from Fair Oak to all Allbrook to link to the M3 at junction 12. Councillors heard that with there…

Latest plans for 1,000s of new houses on show

There are just three weeks left for Eastleigh residents to have their say on the latest version of the local plan which will determine the future of development in the borough, not just in terms of numbers and location of the new housing but also new roads, employment and community facilities from now until 2036.…

Borough to re-start Local Plan process

It was business as usual at Eastleigh Borough Council this evening, the first Full Council meeting following the recent revelations in the national media. Now touring different venues around the Borough as there is no Council Chamber in the new offices at Eastleigh House, the December Full Council meeting was held in the Kings Community Church in…