On Monday 11 December Eastleigh Borough councillors voted in favour of the Council’s proposed Local Plan. The contentious plan proposes to build 5,200 new homes, along with new shops, schools, open spaces and a new access road in the area to the north and east of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak.
Councillors also voted to delegate authority to the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council to complete and update the Plans’ evidence base, before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration.
The Council’s preferred approach – now the adopted approach – has faced strong opposition from local residents, who object to the ‘Strategic Growth Option’ which will see thousands of homes built near an area of ancient woodland to the north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak. Concerns over the Plan have led to a number of councillors resigning from the Liberal Democrat group on the Council.
Hundreds of residents turned up to the meeting at the Ageas Bowl to make their feelings known on the Plan’s impact on traffic and environment, with many claiming the council did not have enough evidence to make a decision.
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Keith House stressed there was enough evidence to make a decision. He also reminded councillors that if the Council did not make a decision, the Secretary of State would step in and do it for them.