Planning for growth to meet Eastleigh’s housing needs
Page last updated at 13 December 2016 at 09:43
On Thursday 15 December Eastleigh Borough Council will meet to consider a report setting out options for locating future housing growth, that will be included in the new Local Plan.
The Council will consider the feasibility and deliverability of two different growth areas being promoted by developers in the north of the Borough. One of the options includes a new road link to enable development north of Bishopstoke, and the other option is a new community south of Allington Lane, north of West End.
There is already a significant amount of development under way in the Borough, but more is needed. It is important therefore that the Council carefully considers the merits of each of the options being promoted by developers.
If Full Council supports these recommendations on Thursday then it will confirm its commitment to undertaking further work to investigate the feasibility of its strategic growth options for housing that focus on the North Bishopstoke area, as there currently do not appear to be highway solutions at West End. The report will set a clear direction of travel and confirm the further work and actions that will give communities and partner organisations an indication of what the Council is trying to achieve. The Council’s responsibility to meet the housing needs of the area is set by the Government’s national planning policy. This means decisions must be balanced against other important considerations, such as protecting the environment, or addressing climate change and flood risk.
The Council needs to demonstrate to a government-led planning enquiry that development is capable of delivering the proposed housing and that it is supported by necessary infrastructure – such as roads, schools and community facilities. There will be full consultation with communities before the Plan is finalised.
Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, Councillor Keith House, said: “We remain committed to getting the right homes in the right places, protecting the gaps between settlements and tackling congestion at the same time. We need to look at long-term planning over the next 30 years which gives us greater opportunity to ensure that this is in place for the future.”
The meeting will be held at King's Community Church, Upper Northam Road, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4BZ, from 7pm