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Council approves Revised Local Plan for consultation

The Council has approved the ‘Revised Pre-submission’ Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011 which sets out its policies on how land in the borough can be used up to 2029 and will provide the basis for future planning decisions.

Local people will now have the opportunity to comment on the plan and its related assessments, when it goes out for consultation on Monday 10 February - aimed at seeking views on the soundness of the plan. This is a formal consultation, after which time the plan and objections to it will be submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

The Council has considered comments from over 1,200 people, on the revised draft Local Plan published last October, mostly local residents, before agreeing the current version known as the revised ‘pre-submission’ plan.

Some of the key points in the plan are:

• Gaps between towns and villages have been preserved

• Sites have also been identified for new employment

• Sites have been identified to meet the need for new homes on four main sites and a number of smaller ones

• The plan allows space for building new schools, sports and leisure and community facilities

Council Leader Keith House said: “It is essential that we make plans to meet the housing needs of our communities over the coming decades and secure the roads, infrastructure, schools and services for local people.”

You can view all Local Plan documents and find advice on how to respond to the consultation on the Council’s website at www.eastleigh.gov.uk/localplan and at the Council’s offices, town and parish council offices and all local libraries.

Comments should be sent to the Planning Policy Team at Eastleigh Borough Council, Civic Offices, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9YN by  24 March 2014.

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