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Local Plan Exhibitions attract 1,500 people

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Local Plan Exhibitions well attended

More than 1,500 people attended the touring exhibition on Eastleigh’s Local Plan – the blueprint for future development, including housing, in the Borough to 2036. 

The exhibition ended on Saturday (30 January) – but residents, businesses and other organisations can still feed in their comments up until the deadline of 5pm Wednesday 17 February. 

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 localplan@eastleigh.gov.uk , 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 Borough Council-organised Local Plan exhibition went to eight venues – from Allbrook in the north, to Hamble in the south - that are close to locations that have potential to be developed (an additional, impromptu session was held in Colden Common for that reason). The final exhibition took place in Hedge End on Saturday and attracted 139 people.   Council planning officers hosting the exhibitions are pleased with the numbers of attendees, and the high levels of interest and engagement among the residents they spoke to.

The Local Plan consultation is designed to give local people a say in the scale and location of developments for housing and employment across the borough.  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.

Last year, the Government’s planning inspector failed to support Eastleigh Borough Council’s previous Local Plan, judging that 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 important that a local plan, which can meet all the growth needs of the borough, is produced quickly.