Council’s approves ‘way forward’

for Local Plan

Page last updated at 22 July 2016 at 14:39

The Council last night approved a way forward for its Local Plan that provides a framework for guiding development in the borough for the next 20 years until 2036.

The Local Plan will set out how land in the borough can be used and will provide the basis for future planning decisions.

The Council re-affirmed its support for a Botley By-pass and also recommended that further work and investigation is needed on the location for larger scale strategic development together with the development of smaller sites across the borough.

The Council is also backing a bid by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership ( LEP) for funding for the Chickenhall Link Road that has already been pledged by the last Chancellor before the election.

The total housing requirement proposed over the plan period 2011-2036 is 16,250 homes only around 6300 of the 16,250 are likely to be on additional greenfield sites.

Council Leader Keith House said, “It is essential that we make plans to meet the housing needs for local people and to deliver the infrastructure including community facilities, such as schools, healthcare and leisure venues and vital new road links to meet the needs of the borough.” He added, “This decision effectively rules out Hamble Airfield and development north of West End from being taken forward as major site allocations.”

Local people will have another chance to comment on the plans as part of another major consultation next year once firm proposals have been drawn up.