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Developer's plea to work with community over 1,400 homes scheme
10:23am Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
DEVELOPERS behind plans to build 1,400 homes on Hampshire countryside have said they are “delighted” that the scheme has been approved.
Last night councillors voted through the proposals that would see the development built on land at Boorley Green near Botley.
Despite impassioned pleas from residents who said the development would “tear the community apart” Eastleigh Borough councillors gave the green light to the scheme.
This morning the consortium of developers behind the plans said they now hoped to work with community in the building of the scheme.
Martin Hawthorne, Director at WYG Planning and Environment, said: “We are delighted with the committee's resolution to grant outline planning consent for our development proposals at Boorley Green.
“This scheme will deliver 1,400 new homes, including 420 affordable homes which are much needed in Eastleigh. It will also provide new community and recreational facilities and create up to 950 new jobs.
“We are aware there has been considerable local opposition to the development to date but we very much hope to be able to work with the local community as a whole moving forward.”
Hundreds packed the meeting at Kings Community Church in Hedge End that did not finish until 12.45am this morning.
Just two weeks ago more than 600 protestors staged a march to object to the plans.
The impact the development will have on traffic, the existing community and other infrastructure such as sewage and drainage were cited by objectors as the main reasons the new houses should not go ahead.
But councillors argued that the housing crisis in Eastleigh borough was so acute that the homes needed to be given the go-ahead.
The outline planning application was approved, with two abstentions and one objection from Councillor Rupert Kyrle.
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