Eastleigh Borough residents urged to have their say on development

Page last updated at 23 December 2015 at 14:22

Residents are being urged to have their say on the blueprint for development, including housing, in Eastleigh Borough over the next 20 years.

To help Eastleigh Borough Council prepare a new local plan, it is seeking the views of residents, businesses and other interested parties on issues including the amount of development needed in Eastleigh; where new developments should be located and how they might be delivered.

A consultation document, Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011-36 – Issues and Options, goes live today (Wednesday 23 December) and signals the start of a public consultation process that runs until 17 February and includes a borough-wide touring exhibition where residents will have the chance to speak to planning officers and give their views.  

The government’s planning inspector failed to support the previous local plan, mainly because it did not provide for enough new housing. When the council has an up-to-date and adopted local plan, and a sufficient supply of housing land, it may be easier to resist development proposals in areas that are not suitable for development – so it is considered important that a local plan, which can meet all the growth needs of the borough, is produced quickly.

As well as new homes, the council needs to plan for other requirements, such as land for offices, industry and jobs; community facilities, such as schools, healthcare and leisure venues; open space for recreation and nature conservation, and support for our town and district centres. The Local Plan must ensure that new developments are sustainable and supported by the necessary infrastructure – including roads, water treatment works and community facilities.

Local Plan Consultation Roadshow

An exhibition roadshow outlining options by neighbourhood and inviting feedback will tour the borough from Friday 15 January to Saturday 30 January.  Dates and venues are as follows:

Friday 15 January, 3pm to 9pm - Eastleigh: Eastleigh House

Saturday 16 January, 10am to 4pm - Fair Oak: Wyvern College 

Tuesday 19 January, 3pm to 9pm - Hamble: Hamble Village Hall 

Wednesday 20 January, 3 pm to 9pm - Bishopstoke:  Bishopstoke Community Centre

Thursday 21 January, 3 pm to 9pm Botley: Botley Centre 

Saturday 23 January, 10am to 4pm Allbrook: 14th Eastleigh Scout Hut HQ, Allbrook Hill

Thursday 28 January, 3pm to 9pm West End: Itchen Valley Country Park

Saturday 30 January, 10am to 4pm Hedge End: 2000 Centre

The Issues and Options consultation document and accompanying evidence can be viewed at Eastleigh House, at parish or town council offices around the borough, at local libraries, or online at www.eastleigh.gov.uk/lp36.  Consultation forms are also available online at this address, or by emailing localplan@eastleigh.gov.uk, from the Planning Policy Team on 023 8068 8242 and by writing to Planning Policy Team, Regeneration and Planning Policy, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, SO50 9YN.

All representations must be received no later than 5pm on Wednesday 17 February 2016.