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Hundreds more homes to be built in countryside?
11:17am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build thousands of new homes in the Hampshire countryside inched closer last night.
Hundreds more homes than originally thought could be built in the area covered by Eastleigh Borough Council.
Last night Cabinet members agreed their preference to include 800 homes off Woodhouse Lane after landowner Hampshire County Council reversed its decision to stop development there.
It also plans to build 330 extra new homes on greenfield land north of Fair Oak and 750 homes west of Horton Heath at Chalcroft Farm as part of the borough Local Plan – a strategy for long-term development.
The meeting was to give council officers guidance to draw up the plan.
It was the earlier refusal of Woodhouse Lane for development that led to the plan being halted earlier this year. The previous local plan suggested building a total of 9,400 homes across the borough of Eastleigh.
But since then the Government has outlined the need to increase the supply of new housing. Now that number has swelled to up to 10,140 homes.
Council leader Cllr Keith House said he felt including the new sites was the best option given that other options for development had all been rejected.
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