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Contrary to some reporting in local media the Council would like to clarify the decisions that were made at the Full Council meeting held on 15 December 2016. The aim of the Council meeting was not to give the go-ahead to the building of 6,000 homes north of Bishopstoke and east of Fair Oak (identified as options B and C in the Local Plan consultation).
Rather, it was to agree further investigation of identified sites and initiate a feasibility study into strategic growth options in the Borough. This is made explicit in the recommendations to Councillors contained in the Council report, a copy of which was made available to your journalist.
It is clear from subsequent correspondence, received from parish council representatives and other stakeholders, that the Daily Echo article – headlined ‘Eastleigh Council agree local plan to build 6,000 homes on land north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak’, and carrying the opening paragraph: “Civic chiefs have agreed controversial plans to build thousands more houses in the Hampshire countryside” - has caused considerable confusion in our neighbouring communities. At least one of our correspondents has described the Daily Echo story as misleading in giving the impression that options B and C were to be pursued to the exclusion of all other options.
To be clear, no formal decision was taken by the Council in favour of choosing Options B and C and any future proposals will be subject to a full consultation process.