Category: Local Plan

Don’t destroy our golf course!

Eastleigh’s former Chief Executive Chris Tapp addressed the Council Cabinet last month as it met to consider revisions to the local plan. The Botley Park golfer spoke up for the club threatened with redevelopment as a housing estate. “One of the things in which l had real pride, during my 14 years as Eastleigh’s Chief…

Local plan reflects demand for decent homes

Nowhere to store the essentials. Photo RIBA As Eastleigh consults again on some changes to its draft local plan, research commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed what people need and expect from their homes. The research was carried out for RIBA by Ipsos/MORI between Sep 2011 and Feb 2012 and the report, entitled “The…

Hedge End belatedly debate local plan

Hedge End Town Council finally overcame its inhibitions this evening and managed to hold a worthwhile debate on the Boroughs draft Local plan. Hedge End’s only independent Councillor, Cllr Keith Day, has previously tried to get the Town Council to discuss the local plan at a Full Council meeting, but as he is the sole opposition figure on the…

Future of Stoneham Park dominates local hustings

The future of Stoneham Park was very much on the agenda as local candidates took to the hustings at the Pavilion on the Park on Monday evening to play ‘pass the hot potato.’ The hustings for Eastleigh South ward formed part of the annual general meeting of the Aviary Residents association. Only the Labour candidate…

Local residents in countryside protest march

Objectors to Eastleigh Council’s local housing plan joined forces with the Aviary Residents Association to walk around the countryside of Stoneham Park  on Saturday afternoon – land the Council have deemed suitable for the construction of 1300 new houses. The walk, on what was a pleasantly sunny afternoon took the protestors over fields threatened by the bulldozers…

Local plan puts up Council Tax

Botley residents are facing an increase in their council tax due to the cost of fighting Eastleigh Borough Council’s local housing plan. In a survey of residents sponsored by the parish council last October, 96% of respondents said they were opposed to an extra 1400 new homes being built on Boorley Green. The Parish council…

Bakery jobs go for housing

Up to 90 bakery workers could be left struggling to earn a crust following an announcement by British Bakeries to close the Hovis bakery in Toynbee Road by June – a move which could see 191 houses built on the site. Premier Foods, owners of British Bakeries announced last month they would be shedding up…

Consultation summary grows online

Daft local plan Eastleigh

Eastleigh Borough Council have published some of the thousands of submissions that were received during their consultation on the draft local plan. The summary document isn’t complete yet, but what has been processed so far can be read by following the hyperlink on the Planning and Building Control page of the Eastleigh Borough Council website.…

Full house in Hedge End…

The Highways and Planning Committee at Hedge End Town Council was blessed with full attendance this evening. Everybody who was supposed to attend was there. No apologies were recorded or necessary. Unlike Eastleigh’s Borough Councillors, who only just scraped together a quorum at the Policy & Performance Scrutiny Panel last week, Town and Parish Councillors receive…

Rose Bowl decision ‘too hasty’

Eastleigh Council have been accused of ‘steamrollering through’ their decision to purchase the Rose Bowl cricket stadium for £6.5 million. John Martin, a West End resident and Ukip activist challenged  a poorly attended meeting of the performance and policy panel last Wednesday over the haste the council had shown in pursuing the proposed deal. Mr Martin was…

Day outnumbered again in Hedge End

Keith Day

A lively meeting of Hedge End’s Town Council, saw discussion of Eastleigh’s draft local plan stifled once again this evening. Cllr Jane Welsh, who was chairing the meeting, reminded the Council that the closing date for comments on the draft local plan was 3rd January 2012 and she hoped that everybody would respond. Once the…

The new battle of Botley…

Botley Parish Council have urged all Botley residents to respond to the consultation on Eastleigh’s draft local plan. At their Parish Council meeting this evening, Botley’s Parish Councillors discussed the Councils formal response to the Boroughs new plan, but concluded that more work was needed before it could be submitted. It will be discussed again…

Consultation rolls-in to Boorley Green

Eastleigh Borough Council’s consultation roadshow rolled into Boorley Green today, one of the villages that is most controversially affected by the draft local plan for the Borough. The plan includes a proposal to build 1400 homes and a new local centre on a 78 acre site to the North East of Boorley Green. A new…

Think of a number then double it…

Eastleigh’s open spaces are under additional threat of development, following the Housing Minister’s comment that “I think we probably need to be building twice as many homes”. Speaking on Radio 4’s  Today programme, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP continued to say; We are not putting a figure on this is how many homes that are…

Botley Councillor joins North Whiteley Forum

Botley  Councillor, Mrs Cathie Fraser, has agreed to represent Eastleigh on a new forum run by Winchester City Council. The North Whiteley Development Forum will consider the implications of Winchester City Councils housing development proposals for North Whiteley and the impact on the surrounding areas, including the Borough of Eastleigh and Botley in particular. The…