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Last night the Council reaffirmed its commitment to undertaking further work to investigate the feasibility of its strategic growth options for housing to focus on the north Bishopstoke and Fair Oak area, with a new bypass running for the two communities from Fair Oak to Allbrook and linking to the M3.
The Council noted that with no Government funding available for the Chickenhall Lane eastern bypass of Eastleigh despite commitments made from the former Chancellor, development options in the West End area had no apparent highway solutions.
The Council’s decision sets a clear direction of travel and confirms the further work and actions that will give communities and partner organisations an indication of what the Council is trying to achieve.
Council Leader Keith House said, “This decision confirms that we remain committed to getting the right homes in the right places, protecting the gaps between our towns and villages and tackling congestion at the same time. Long-term planning for the next 20 years gives us greater opportunity to ensure we can fund the infrastructure we need for the future.”
He added, “The Council’s responsibility to meet the housing needs of the area is set by the Government’s national planning policy. The Council needs to demonstrate to a government-led planning inquiry that development is capable of delivering the proposed housing and that it is supported by necessary roads, schools and community facilities.”
Work on the Local Plan will now continue with local communities having their chance to comment on future proposals as part of a full consultation process planned before summer 2017.