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Council agrees local plan
Eastleigh Borough Councillors last night
agreed the latest version of the Borough’s Local Plan. Full Council
agreed the pre-submission version of the Local Plan which was the
last stage in producing the plan before it is submitted to the
Secretary of State for examination.
The Local Plan sets out the Council’s policies
on how land in the Borough can be used right through to 2029 and
will provide the basis for future planning decisions.
Comments from over 1200 people, mostly local residents, have been
considered during various stages of consultation over the last
year, before the pre-submission version was produced.
Key features of the latest version of the plan
- Gaps between towns and villages have been
- Sites have been identified to meet the need for new homes in
three main sites and a number of smaller ones
- The plan allows space for building new schools, sports and
leisure and community facilities
The proposed Strategic Development Area to the
north of Hedge End, which would have seen over 6000 homes built,
has been scrapped and is not included in the plan.
The plan also includes an assessment of the
transport needs of the Borough for the next seventeen years,
including a proposed Botley by-pass, although the plan now says
that developments in the Botley area are not dependent on the new
People will have a final chance to make
comments on the soundness of the Local Plan – which means whether
the proposed development sites and policies are justified,
effective and consistent with national planning policy. After this,
the Plan and any objections which can’t be resolved will be
presented to the inspector.
Councillor Keith House, Council Leader
“I am confident that we have agreed a very
sound plan that both protects important open space and the
character of our towns and villages and allows for the future
development that will ensure the borough prospers. I’d like to
thank all the people who have commented on the plan and helped us
The final consultation on the
pre-submission version begins on 17 August and will
be available on the Council’s website, at the Council’s
offices, town and parish council offices and all local public
libraries. Comments should be sent to the Planning Policy
Team at Eastleigh Borough Council, Civic Offices, Leigh Road,
Eastleigh, SO50 9YN by 12 October 2012.
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