Hundreds expect to march through Botley in Hampshire against plans for 1,400 homes

Daily Echo: An artist's impression of how the new housing at Boorley Green could look An artist's impression of how the new housing at Boorley Green could look

RESIDENTS were set to march through the streets of a Hampshire village today in protest against plans for 1,400 homes.

The demonstration has been organised by the Botley Parish Action Group (BPAG), who were expecting several hundred people to turn out.

Developers want to build the new homes on a golf course near Boorley Green.

The protest comes ahead of Eastleigh Borough Council considering the plan at its Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee on February 18.

Campaigners also say the development would swamp the existing community and would not have the sort of road network, transport and facilities needed to make it properly sustainable.

A spokesman for the project has previously said that the development would bring a host of community facilities, which could include a new primary school, supermarket and sports pitches, as well as economic benefits to Eastleigh borough and could also help to fund a bypass at Sundays Hill, Bursledon.

The site has appeared in Eastleigh Borough Council’s draft local plan, but homebuilders have pressed ahead with submitting a planning application before the council plan has been put to an independent planning inspector.

As recently reported, the plan’s completion could now be set back by up to a year after Hampshire County Council decided not to make land at Woodhouse Lane, in Hedge End, available for development – a site earmarked for 1,000 homes in the plan.

BPAG argues that the planning application is premature, because the draft plan is still the subject of objections.

Former Eastleigh Borough Council chief executive Chris Tapp, who is on the BPAG committee and a member of Botley Park Golfers, said to grant planning permission on a development before the council’s draft plan had been reviewed would be “pre-empting much of that process”.

Mr Tapp added: “We know there’s a need for new housing, but it needs to be in the best place for people already in the borough and equally importantly the best place for those that are going to live there.

“The council have to consider the application, but they should refuse it.

“We’re encouraging people to come if they’re concerned, to say in effect ‘Eastleigh Council, please listen’.”

The event will start at the Botley Community Centre, moving off at midday, and will walk along Botley High Street to Botley Square, dispersing at about 12.30pm.

The road will be closed from midday for around half an hour.

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9:26am Sat 2 Feb 13

__KTF__ says...

It will be interesting to see how many NIMBYs turn up to this.
It will be interesting to see how many NIMBYs turn up to this. __KTF__
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9:32am Sat 2 Feb 13

Linesman says...

Another group of 'Blow you Jack, I'm alright' people who have a house of their own and don't give a toss about those who have not.

I wonder what the pray for when they attend church on Sunday.
Another group of 'Blow you Jack, I'm alright' people who have a house of their own and don't give a toss about those who have not. I wonder what the pray for when they attend church on Sunday. Linesman
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9:48am Sat 2 Feb 13

huckit P says...

Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.)
Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.) huckit P
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10:36am Sat 2 Feb 13

Linesman says...

huckit P wrote:
Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.)
Times change!

Before the M27 was built, the A27 was the main road between Southampton and Portsmouth. As traffic and population increased, so the M27 was built to cater for the extra traffic.

The building of these much-needed homes would, as you say, be unsuitable for the existing road network, so upgrading of the road system would be needed.

A combination of the new homes and the up-dating of the roads in the area, would have the added advantage of providing jobs, at a time when there are many people out of work.

Of course, there would probably be another march organised by the Botley Parish Action Group against that.

Some things are predictable.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.)[/p][/quote]Times change! Before the M27 was built, the A27 was the main road between Southampton and Portsmouth. As traffic and population increased, so the M27 was built to cater for the extra traffic. The building of these much-needed homes would, as you say, be unsuitable for the existing road network, so upgrading of the road system would be needed. A combination of the new homes and the up-dating of the roads in the area, would have the added advantage of providing jobs, at a time when there are many people out of work. Of course, there would probably be another march organised by the Botley Parish Action Group against that. Some things are predictable. Linesman
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10:53am Sat 2 Feb 13

forest hump says...

selfish tw@ts
selfish tw@ts forest hump
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10:55am Sat 2 Feb 13

Torchie1 says...

huckit P wrote:
Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.)
Very valid points echoed by those objecting to the Southampton Bio-Mass, the Navitus Bay project, wind farms on Hampshire County Council land, the Dibden Bay project, the new Hastings bypass, wind farms on the IoW, HS2 and all manner of proposed changes up and down the country. These aren't NIBMYs either. To paraphrase 'the voice' in Field of Dreams, "Make a proposal and they will object".
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.)[/p][/quote]Very valid points echoed by those objecting to the Southampton Bio-Mass, the Navitus Bay project, wind farms on Hampshire County Council land, the Dibden Bay project, the new Hastings bypass, wind farms on the IoW, HS2 and all manner of proposed changes up and down the country. These aren't NIBMYs either. To paraphrase 'the voice' in Field of Dreams, "Make a proposal and they will object". Torchie1
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12:09pm Sat 2 Feb 13

nedscrumpo says...

Wouldn't need all these new houses if we were the masters of our own borders and not beholden to the EU.
Wouldn't need all these new houses if we were the masters of our own borders and not beholden to the EU. nedscrumpo
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10:14am Sun 3 Feb 13

Linesman says...

nedscrumpo wrote:
Wouldn't need all these new houses if we were the masters of our own borders and not beholden to the EU.
That's right.

All the Brits that have moved to Sunny Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta etc etc would all be sent back here replacing all the immigrants that have come here.

The big difference is that those who came here, came to work.

The ones that left for the sunshine and the easy life, are mainly pensioners.
[quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't need all these new houses if we were the masters of our own borders and not beholden to the EU.[/p][/quote]That's right. All the Brits that have moved to Sunny Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta etc etc would all be sent back here replacing all the immigrants that have come here. The big difference is that those who came here, came to work. The ones that left for the sunshine and the easy life, are mainly pensioners. Linesman
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3:19pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Torchie1 says...

Linesman wrote:
nedscrumpo wrote:
Wouldn't need all these new houses if we were the masters of our own borders and not beholden to the EU.
That's right.

All the Brits that have moved to Sunny Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta etc etc would all be sent back here replacing all the immigrants that have come here.

The big difference is that those who came here, came to work.

The ones that left for the sunshine and the easy life, are mainly pensioners.
Perhaps the pensioners that are currently enjoying the 'sunshine and the easy life' are the ones who spent their working lives in the UK and now live on pensions and savings that they have earned ?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't need all these new houses if we were the masters of our own borders and not beholden to the EU.[/p][/quote]That's right. All the Brits that have moved to Sunny Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta etc etc would all be sent back here replacing all the immigrants that have come here. The big difference is that those who came here, came to work. The ones that left for the sunshine and the easy life, are mainly pensioners.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the pensioners that are currently enjoying the 'sunshine and the easy life' are the ones who spent their working lives in the UK and now live on pensions and savings that they have earned ? Torchie1
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11:31pm Sun 3 Feb 13

kingnotail says...

Torchie1 wrote:
huckit P wrote:
Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.)
Very valid points echoed by those objecting to the Southampton Bio-Mass, the Navitus Bay project, wind farms on Hampshire County Council land, the Dibden Bay project, the new Hastings bypass, wind farms on the IoW, HS2 and all manner of proposed changes up and down the country. These aren't NIBMYs either. To paraphrase 'the voice' in Field of Dreams, "Make a proposal and they will object".
They are NIMBYs, because these things need to be built somewhere, and someone will always raise an objection no matter where it is. Unless your house is being bulldozed without compensation, then you are a NIMBY.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Two rather ill-informed comments! The people making them obviously do not live in the area affected. If they did they might understand why any proposal for such a large development is not suitable, given the existing road network and facilities. Botley can at time be a nightmare to get through, and its narrow roads are congested enough. Going another way you end up in Hedge End which is choked with traffic. Just try getting on the M27 at J7 or 8 anywhere near rush hour. Another route out of the area takes you through Fair Oak, Fishers Pond and Twyford. Again not much good if you need to travel more than 10mph. The protestors have a point an they are trying to get EBC to listen. They are not NIMBY's but are people trying to be realistic. (And no; I don't live in any of the affected areas but do travel through them frequenly.)[/p][/quote]Very valid points echoed by those objecting to the Southampton Bio-Mass, the Navitus Bay project, wind farms on Hampshire County Council land, the Dibden Bay project, the new Hastings bypass, wind farms on the IoW, HS2 and all manner of proposed changes up and down the country. These aren't NIBMYs either. To paraphrase 'the voice' in Field of Dreams, "Make a proposal and they will object".[/p][/quote]They are NIMBYs, because these things need to be built somewhere, and someone will always raise an objection no matter where it is. Unless your house is being bulldozed without compensation, then you are a NIMBY. kingnotail
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