Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound

Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound local area committee

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Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound           

Local Area Committee (LAC)  

Meeting dates, agendas, reports and minutes

This page provides news and information about the area, and details of the Local Area Committee (LAC). For further information please contact Matt Blyth, Area Manager, telephone 023 8068 8311; or e-mail: matt.blythe@eastleigh.gov.uk

Grants for local charities

The Local Area Committee has agreed over £4,000 for small charities that help local people and make the Hamble peninsula a better place: Clubs for older people, Lowford Library, Hamble Playschool and local cultural groups have all benefitted.

Business grants of £3000 available for faster broadband

Local businesses in the borough will benefit from up to £3000 of free superfast broadband support. The Superfast Broadband Voucher Scheme is now extended to businesses and charities of up to 249 employees within the Southampton City Council and Eastleigh Borough Council areas. Applications will be considered on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. Businesses should first check their eligibility online: www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/.

Health Lottery available for community groups

Small charities can apply for grants of £5000-£25000 for projects that bring people together and boost community spirit.  For more information go to www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/.

Small Business grants

If you run a small business and need new equipment to help you sustain or create jobs, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £50,000.  Eastleigh Borough Council has ensured that businesses in the rural parts of the borough are included in this European Union funding scheme designed to promote the rural economy.  See www.fieldfareleader.org.uk  and click on ‘Leader 2014-2020’ for details, or use the contact details below.

Funding available for local groups

The Local Area Committee makes small grants of up to £500 available to small community groups and is welcoming applications until the end of November.  For more information contact cherry.tanner@eastleigh.gov.uk.

For more information on these or any local issues, please contact EBC Area Manager Matt Blyth on matt.blyth@eastleigh.gov.uk or 023 8068 8311.  If you use Twitter follow @EBC Hamble.  Anyone can come to the Local Areas Committee meetings; the next one’s on 22 September at 6pm at Hamble Primary School.


The Council continues to try to protect the best of the Hamble peninsula from inappropriate and unsustainable development. Developers proposing housing north of Hamble Station are appealing against the Council’s decision to refuse the application. The appeal was heard by a Planning Inspector in June at the Lowford Centre. The final decision on this application is to be made by the Secretary of State later this year.


The Old Netley School site in Victoria Road

Stained Glass Window

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Local Area Committee for Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound rejected the first application for the old Netley Court School site in Victoria Road, as it wasn’t in keeping with the local area. 

A second application was submitted and approved. 

The site has now been transformed into a 65 bedroom care home and 9 residential apartments for the elderly. Many local residents are pleased that the derelict site has now been put to good use and is a feature of the Victoria Road streetscape that villagers can be proud of. 

As well as getting the right result for local people on this planning issue, the Council’s Public Art officer coordinated the creation of the lovely stained glass window.

The window was produced by artist Shelagh Davies with help from children from Netley Abbey Junior School who helped with the design.

Other Council officers are working with Hartford Care to bring further benefits to the wider community. 


Tethered horses

Horses have been part of the local landscape for centuries and the council continues to try to protect countryside areas for so called 'horsey-culture'.  But for safety reasons horses should not be tethered on recreation grounds and the council will service notice and have horses removed.  Horse manure on pavements is also unpleasant and treated as litter but not as dangerous to human health as dog waste.

Development proposal at Hamble Station

Over 50 residents, local campaigners and councillors turned out for the inquiry into Hallam Land Management's appeal to be allowed to develop land north of Hamble station.  The Planning Inspector will now make a recommendation for the Secretary of State to make a final decision in a few months time.

Improving local shopping areas

The Local Area Committee wants to support businesses and residents by improving the Coronation Parade area in Hamble and Station Road/Victoria Road area in Netley.  Proposals so far include new bins and seating, improving the steps and surfacing at Coronation Parade, and creating a new village focal point outside Netley library in Station Road.

New community café at Queens View, Netley

Netley residents will soon be able to enjoy a cuppa and a chat at the former florist shop next to Richard and Lisa's store at Queens View.  The council is working with Groundwork South, Great Oak school for young people with learning difficulties and other partners to set up a community cafe and hub where a range of information and services will be available from September.

Any questions?

The Local Area Committee meetings provide an opportunity for residents in Bursledon, Hamble, Netley Abbey, Butlocks Heath, Old Netley and Kanes Hill to ask all the councillors for the area about council services (waste collection, recycling, planning, housing, transport, leisure, environmental health, parks and recreation areas and community safety).  You can also hear first-hand the debates and decisions on planning applications.  See contact below to find out more.

For further information on any of the above please contact matt.blythe@eastleigh.gov.uk or 023 8068 8311. 

Local Area Committee (LAC)

The residents of the area elect 7 Members to the Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee, which meets locally 5 times a year.  The committee makes many of the decisions involving Borough Council functions and resources, particularly regarding planning and traffic management issues.

Come and have your say – our Committee meetings are open to the public and we welcome anyone who wants to raise a local issue with all 7 Borough Councillors for the area at the same time. 

Regular meetings are always on Thursdays at 6.00pm at Hamble Primary School in Hamble Lane (SO31 4ND) on the following dates

  • 22 September
  • 24 November
  • 26 January 2017
  • 16 March

Contact Matt Blyth (Area Manager) on 023 8068 8311 or matt.blythe@eastleigh.gov.uk, or for up to date news go to Facebook and search for ‘bhh local’ (you don’t have to have your own Facebook page to visit us).

There is a County Councillor who represents these wards on county issues.  To find details of your County Councillor please follow this link:

LAC Priorities for the area

  • Provide support for young people.
  • Wellbeing of older people
  • Reject proposals for gravel extraction at Hamble Airfield
  • Develop improved health and community facilities at Bursledon Community Centre
  • Keep neighbourhoods clean and tidy across the area
  • Tackle deprivation
  • Improve roads, pavements and parking
  • Work together with Parish Councils, Schools, Police, Housing Associations and a range of other agencies
  • Promote a more efficient way of running Bursledon Windmill
  • Respond to community safety concerns
  • Support local community groups to look after vulnerable residents
  • Improve air quality and congestion at the top of Hamble Lane
  • Support the development of Parish Plans in Bursledon and Hound.

Potential Infrastructure Projects

The Bursledon, Hamble & Hound LAC Councillors understand that infrastructure is required to enhance local quality of life and especially if further development takes place on the Hamble Peninsula.  This list sets out the potential infrastructure projects to be funded from Developers Contributions, the Community Infrastructure Levy (when adopted) and other funding sources:  CIP Priority Schemes

The Local Area Committee aims to use local knowledge to identify priorities in the Bursledon, Hamble and Hound area and use devolved budgets to improve the area. For more details follow the links below:

Contact details

Matt Blythe, Area Manager, telephone 023 8068 8311; or e-mail: matt.blythe@eastleigh.gov.uk

We work closely with other agencies including parish and county councils:


To find out a bit more about the services for your area, go to myproperty.eastleigh.gov.uk.  This will tell you which bin to put out when, who your local councillor is, what planning applications are being considered around you and there are links to other important web sites.

Description of the area

The three parishes of Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound together make up the southernmost part of the Borough fronting the Solent, bordering Southampton to the west and Fareham to the east.

The three parishes are diverse with a variety of competing demands.  These include heritage e.g. the picturesque ruins of Netley Abbey, the Castle and the working Bursledon Windmill as well as several conservation areas.  In parts it has a rural character with managed countryside sites and attractive walks e.g. Hamble Common and Royal Victoria Country Park.

The waterfront includes the quay and marinas on the Hamble River, the Headquarters of the Royal Yachting Association, the country's yachting Mecca and one of the largest recreational boating centres in Europe with over 3,000 moorings. The river has a long history of boat-building and Bursledon was the site of major shipyards between the 14th and 19th centuries.  This included the construction of Napoleonic Men of War as well as Henry V's Grace Dieu lying near Bursledon Bridge.

There are two ancient monuments with Iron Age structures on Hamble Common and a Roman villa at the fork of the Upper Hamble.  Furthermore, a significant contribution to the history of the development of aviation has been made by Hamble with links to such famous individuals as R J Mitchell, Amy Johnson and Nevil Shute.

Over the past few years Hamble Community Sports College has developed an extensive new sports complex.  This includes a new sports hall, fitness and movement suites, refurbished swimming pool, dedicated £1.1 gymnasium managed by the nationally known Dynamo gymnastics club as well as a new youth centre – HYPE – Hamble Young People’s Experience.  Other new facilities in the area include a new medical centre in Satchell Lane.  The Hamble Square area has received a major overhaul in conjunction with the County Council.  There are a range of community premises in the three villages, most managed by voluntary and community organisations, offering a wide variety of activities.

Economic life includes one of the largest companies in the Borough – GE Aviation employing about 800 people, the BP Oil Terminal, a large Tesco Superstore and Coopervision.