Category: Local Plan

Civic Offices Could Go

Eastleigh council boss Keith House has outlined his plans for implementing the cuts announced in the comprehensive spending review – plans which could include selling the current civic offices as part of an austerity drive. In a statement delivered to council on Thursday, Mr House sought to assure members and residents that the council could…

Govt boost to local house building

The Government has announced that councils will receive windfall payments for every new home they build while Housing Minister Grant Shapps revealed that home building was at its lowest level since the 1920’s. The ‘New Homes Bonus’ scheme means the government will match the council tax raised on each new house for six years. Currently…

Botley SDA scrapped

Eastleigh Borough Council has decided not to go ahead with plans from the last government for a 6000 home strategic development area to the north of Hedge End at a recent Council meeting. The abolition of the South East Plan by the new coalition government means that the Council does not have to take forward a…

Botley Home plans in a Pickle

Campaigners in Botley opposed to the building of 6000 new homes may soon have cause to celebrate . The new communities secretary, Eric Pickles, has written to all local authorities telling them the coalition government will be abolishing regional house building targets. “The previous government gave a green light for the destruction of the Green…

Hot air on Climate Change

About 40 people were at Barton Peveril College Friday evening for a specially arranged hustings on behalf of the ‘Ask the Climate Question’ campaign. A number of organisations including Christian Aid, Greenpeace and Oxfam have organised the series of hustings to give voters a chance to hear local candidate’s views on climate change. Chris Huhne…

House: Tory plans for SDA ‘Misleading’

The Leader of Eastleigh Council, Keith House, has branded Conservative opposition to the building of 6000 new homes in the Botley SDA as “ Hollow at best, misleading at worst’. He has also claimed that the Conservative leader of Hampshire County Council, Ken Thornber could “kill the project off with one signature” by committing not…

Botley Assizes

It is said that the good folk of Botley once lynched a man for daring not to drink as deep as his neighbours…Chris Huhne must have had some idea of the how the poor chap must have felt at the first hustings of the election campaign held in the old market town on Tuesday night…

Tory canvassers step out in force

Eastleigh Conservatives have received another visit from a Tory ‘big hitter’ in the form of Party Chairman Eric Pickles, following in the footsteps of leader David Cameron, Theresa May, James Clappison and Sir George Young – all of whom have visited the borough recently to show support for Maria Hutchings in her election push. The…

Botley Folk say PUSH off!

The Botley Parish Action Group has just published a feasibility study into government plans to build 6,000 new homes which they say would blight the area of Botley, Hedge End, Durley and Curdridge. They claim that PUSH ( the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire) and Eastleigh Council are proceeding with a plan which their study…