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Around 700 Eastleigh Borough residents have so far attended public exhibitions seeking views on local development, including housing, to 2036.
Three sessions since last Friday – in Eastleigh town centre, Fair Oak and Hamble – saw a steady stream of residents looking to find out more about potential areas for developments in their neighbourhood over the next two decades - and feed their views into the consultation process that will help shape the borough’s Local Plan.
Members of the Council’s planning team counted almost 400 attendees to the Hamble event yesterday (Tuesday 19 January) and say they are very pleased with the levels of interest shown in the exhibitions so far.
Members of the public are invited to attend any of the remaining exhibitions, regardless of where in the borough they live. The dates and venues are:
Today - Wednesday 20 January, 3pm to 9pm - Bishopstoke: Bishopstoke Community Centre
Thursday 21 January, 3pm 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 (where free parking is available to people attending the exhibition)
Saturday 30 January, 10am to 4pm Hedge End: 2000 Centre
Views are being invited on a range of issues - including the amount of development needed in Eastleigh; where new developments should be located, and how they might be delivered. Planning officers are on hand to explain the consultation material and provide further information as required.
The exhibitions - that run until Saturday 30 January - are being held in venues that are close to locations where significant developments could be options in a new Local Plan. Rather than attempt to take the exhibitions to all parishes, the eight venues – ranging from Allbrook in the north to Hamble in the south – were chosen as they border locations identified as having potential to be developed. They are well spread across the borough and none should be further than two-and-a-half miles from any household.
There are several other routes by which residents can feed in their comments: the consultation document, ‘Eastleigh Borough Local Plan 2011-36 – Issues and Options’ and accompanying documents 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, by emailing email@example.com, from the Planning Policy Team on 023 8068 8242 or by writing to the Planning Policy Team, Regeneration and Planning Policy, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, SO50 9YN.
The local plan public consultation runs until 5pm on Wednesday 17 February and all responses should be received by then.