Battle against huge housing development at Boorley Green is lost

Daily Echo: Protesters have their say about the plans to build homes at Boorley Green near Botley Protesters have their say about the plans to build homes at Boorley Green near Botley

IT is one of the most controversial housing schemes for a Hampshire village in a generation.

Contentious plans for 1,400 homes on a golf course in Boorley Green climaxed in hundreds of angry residents taking to the streets for a mass rally.

But a last ditch plan to overturn Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to accept the proposals – which villagers say will swamp roads, schools and services – now lies in tatters.

Members of Botley Parish Council have unanimously agreed to abandon their plans to appeal for a judicial review into the authority’s decision.

It follows legal advice from a specialist planning barrister that a challenge to the council on the application’s “prematurity”

in relation to the borough’s Local Plan for housing had less chance of succeeding than previously thought.

As earlier reported, more than 600 people marched through Botley in protest at the plans and the parish council wanted to establish a £5,000 “war chest” in preparation for the appeal.

Parish council chairman Cllr Colin Mercer said he was “bitterly disappointed” with the lawyer’s findings – stressing he had already collected £4,000 for the appeal with a total of £15,000 promised by residents.

He said: “We had enough funding and people were donating and voting with their purses as well as their feet. But if the legal opinion is that we can’t go down this route then we can’t be reckless and spend this money.

“All these donations will now be returned early in the new year.”

Resident Laura Heaven, 45, who lives in Oatlands Road, said: “We are really disappointed – it seems as if the parish council has given up.

“There isn’t the infrastructure for that many houses here. There is a need for housing but it should be in another location.”

Frair Burgess from the Hedge End and Bursledon Action Group, which marched against the scheme, said: “It is an enormous shame.

“But unless parish councils get a greater say in applications this kind of thing will happen.

“Wherever the housing goes it is going to upset someone. But we feel there are more viable alternatives.”

Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision”

and added: “The parish council have taken legal advice against what was proposed but now they realise the borough council has acted properly.

“We are very keen to work with the parish council and feel the local community will benefit from the development.”

Cllr Mercer denied the parish council is giving up and said: “Promoting the interests and wellbeing of Botley’s residents remains our primary objective and we will focus on seeking measures to mitigate the impact on the wider community of the development.”

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11:47am Mon 30 Dec 13

Linesman says...

Surely it is more important that golfers have somewhere to play a round than it is to provide more housing for those in need.

I am sure that these protesters have their priorities right.
Surely it is more important that golfers have somewhere to play a round than it is to provide more housing for those in need. I am sure that these protesters have their priorities right. Linesman

11:55am Mon 30 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

Linesman wrote:
Surely it is more important that golfers have somewhere to play a round than it is to provide more housing for those in need.

I am sure that these protesters have their priorities right.
This has nothing to do with the golf course . This is a council once again taking the easy option. Builders don't want to build on brown sites due to the added expense however a nice green field is easy money. Thus increasing the developers profits and getting more money for the local coucil to waste from the deal.
It's all very well building but the infrastructure isn't improved at the same pace unfortunately.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Surely it is more important that golfers have somewhere to play a round than it is to provide more housing for those in need. I am sure that these protesters have their priorities right.[/p][/quote]This has nothing to do with the golf course . This is a council once again taking the easy option. Builders don't want to build on brown sites due to the added expense however a nice green field is easy money. Thus increasing the developers profits and getting more money for the local coucil to waste from the deal. It's all very well building but the infrastructure isn't improved at the same pace unfortunately. Georgethepie

12:15pm Mon 30 Dec 13

jazzy54zz says...

Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !!
Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !! Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt. jazzy54zz

12:47pm Mon 30 Dec 13

03alpe01 says...

Well of course they were going to lose. This is Eastleigh Borough Council and they are new houses. What did you expect?
Well of course they were going to lose. This is Eastleigh Borough Council and they are new houses. What did you expect? 03alpe01

12:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

motorizer says...

once again , big money and big corporations totally running roughshod over local people and what they think...... Another big development bang in the middle of a community that does not have the infrstructure to support it.... Its sickening how this continues and decisions are made by people who do not have to live with the aftermath... a disgrace.
once again , big money and big corporations totally running roughshod over local people and what they think...... Another big development bang in the middle of a community that does not have the infrstructure to support it.... Its sickening how this continues and decisions are made by people who do not have to live with the aftermath... a disgrace. motorizer

12:59pm Mon 30 Dec 13

sarfhamton says...

jazzy54zz wrote:
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !!
Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.
Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?
[quote][p][bold]jazzy54zz[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !! Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.[/p][/quote]Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway? sarfhamton

1:03pm Mon 30 Dec 13

03alpe01 says...

sarfhamton wrote:
jazzy54zz wrote:
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !!
Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.
Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?
All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jazzy54zz[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !! Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.[/p][/quote]Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?[/p][/quote]All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do. 03alpe01

1:37pm Mon 30 Dec 13

freefinker says...

03alpe01 wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
jazzy54zz wrote:
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !!
Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.
Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?
All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.
.. except post on this website?
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jazzy54zz[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !! Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.[/p][/quote]Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?[/p][/quote]All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.[/p][/quote].. except post on this website? freefinker

1:59pm Mon 30 Dec 13

sarfhamton says...

freefinker wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
jazzy54zz wrote:
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !!
Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.
Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?
All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.
.. except post on this website?
or play golf
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jazzy54zz[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !! Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.[/p][/quote]Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?[/p][/quote]All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.[/p][/quote].. except post on this website?[/p][/quote]or play golf sarfhamton

3:21pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Saint Botley says...

We really need to vote this lot out. In the last edition of the laughable comedy propaganda leaflet, Standpoint, the lib dems had the temerity to claim they are "protecting the countryside gaps" around the borough. Whilst simultaneously outlining plans for several developments on green belt land in Hedge End. Perhaps the protesters legal team should focus their attentions on a criminal deception case.
We really need to vote this lot out. In the last edition of the laughable comedy propaganda leaflet, Standpoint, the lib dems had the temerity to claim they are "protecting the countryside gaps" around the borough. Whilst simultaneously outlining plans for several developments on green belt land in Hedge End. Perhaps the protesters legal team should focus their attentions on a criminal deception case. Saint Botley

3:44pm Mon 30 Dec 13

03alpe01 says...

sarfhamton wrote:
freefinker wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
jazzy54zz wrote:
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !!
Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.
Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?
All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.
.. except post on this website?
or play golf
or stay in luxury hotels at the cricket ground
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jazzy54zz[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !! Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.[/p][/quote]Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?[/p][/quote]All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.[/p][/quote].. except post on this website?[/p][/quote]or play golf[/p][/quote]or stay in luxury hotels at the cricket ground 03alpe01

4:17pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Linesman says...

03alpe01 wrote:
sarfhamton wrote:
jazzy54zz wrote:
Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !!
Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.
Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?
All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.
They can always buy a bike and clog up the roads, causing accidents and traffic jams.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jazzy54zz[/bold] wrote: Eastleigh Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House said it was a “sensible decision” .............course he does, he loves new housing and the extra money it brings in, when it comes to things like a new ice rink its a totally different story though isn't it !! Vote him out at the next chance, he never listens to local people anyway and wants to build on every piece of green belt.[/p][/quote]Yeah, lets have an ice rink! Who needs homes anyway?[/p][/quote]All fine and dandy building new homes, but you need to give the population something to do or else they will just be sat there in their shiny new homes with nothing to do.[/p][/quote]They can always buy a bike and clog up the roads, causing accidents and traffic jams. Linesman

4:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

one in a million says...

This is only one of many developments in the area. The fiib dems are systematically destroying vast swathes of the countryside whilst ignoring the views of local residents and the urgent need for suitable infrastructure to serve those who they are meant to represent.
It feels like the powers that be want to cram as many people in eastleigh and sod those that live there already.
This is only one of many developments in the area. The fiib dems are systematically destroying vast swathes of the countryside whilst ignoring the views of local residents and the urgent need for suitable infrastructure to serve those who they are meant to represent. It feels like the powers that be want to cram as many people in eastleigh and sod those that live there already. one in a million

4:27pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Linesman says...

According to government legislation, one third of the houses built will have to be 'affordable', which means that there would more than 450 of them.

I have no doubt that the NIMBYs that are protesting already own, or are paying for their homes, so it is just another case of 'Blow you Jack, I'm alright!'

I bet they would change their tune if they were living in rented rooms.
According to government legislation, one third of the houses built will have to be 'affordable', which means that there would more than 450 of them. I have no doubt that the NIMBYs that are protesting already own, or are paying for their homes, so it is just another case of 'Blow you Jack, I'm alright!' I bet they would change their tune if they were living in rented rooms. Linesman

4:42pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Saint Botley says...

one in a million wrote:
This is only one of many developments in the area. The fiib dems are systematically destroying vast swathes of the countryside whilst ignoring the views of local residents and the urgent need for suitable infrastructure to serve those who they are meant to represent.
It feels like the powers that be want to cram as many people in eastleigh and sod those that live there already.
Completely agree with this post. Never a truer word said.
[quote][p][bold]one in a million[/bold] wrote: This is only one of many developments in the area. The fiib dems are systematically destroying vast swathes of the countryside whilst ignoring the views of local residents and the urgent need for suitable infrastructure to serve those who they are meant to represent. It feels like the powers that be want to cram as many people in eastleigh and sod those that live there already.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with this post. Never a truer word said. Saint Botley

8:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

saintajd says...

Personally, I like the idea of new homes but when they are 'affordable' I change my mind. Living in Hedge End, just round the corner from the Kings Copse Development I was amazed to see that the affordable housing was within the social housing aspect. The new 2 bed homes that were built started for 170k. If they carry on like that I will never own my own property. And before anybody comments otherwise, I have worked full-time for the past 16 years and currently in a reasonably well paid job. I currently live with my parents AND my 2 children because I cannot afford to buy!!
Personally, I like the idea of new homes but when they are 'affordable' I change my mind. Living in Hedge End, just round the corner from the Kings Copse Development I was amazed to see that the affordable housing was within the social housing aspect. The new 2 bed homes that were built started for 170k. If they carry on like that I will never own my own property. And before anybody comments otherwise, I have worked full-time for the past 16 years and currently in a reasonably well paid job. I currently live with my parents AND my 2 children because I cannot afford to buy!! saintajd

10:45pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Linesman says...

saintajd wrote:
Personally, I like the idea of new homes but when they are 'affordable' I change my mind. Living in Hedge End, just round the corner from the Kings Copse Development I was amazed to see that the affordable housing was within the social housing aspect. The new 2 bed homes that were built started for 170k. If they carry on like that I will never own my own property. And before anybody comments otherwise, I have worked full-time for the past 16 years and currently in a reasonably well paid job. I currently live with my parents AND my 2 children because I cannot afford to buy!!
So you want to own your own property but do not want affordable homes to be built.

I note that there is no mention of the mother of your children. Does she live with her parents?

A lot of people who are determined to own their own home are glad that affordable homes are being built, because it gives them a chance to get on the housing ladder, with the possibility of moving to something bigger and better as their financial situation improves.

You are lucky that your parents bought their house, and did not decide to live with their parents. It would appear that they had more determination in that respect.
[quote][p][bold]saintajd[/bold] wrote: Personally, I like the idea of new homes but when they are 'affordable' I change my mind. Living in Hedge End, just round the corner from the Kings Copse Development I was amazed to see that the affordable housing was within the social housing aspect. The new 2 bed homes that were built started for 170k. If they carry on like that I will never own my own property. And before anybody comments otherwise, I have worked full-time for the past 16 years and currently in a reasonably well paid job. I currently live with my parents AND my 2 children because I cannot afford to buy!![/p][/quote]So you want to own your own property but do not want affordable homes to be built. I note that there is no mention of the mother of your children. Does she live with her parents? A lot of people who are determined to own their own home are glad that affordable homes are being built, because it gives them a chance to get on the housing ladder, with the possibility of moving to something bigger and better as their financial situation improves. You are lucky that your parents bought their house, and did not decide to live with their parents. It would appear that they had more determination in that respect. Linesman

1:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

Poppy22 says...

All our local councils are taking the easy option of building on greenfield sites - mostly our best and little remaining countryside - whilst ignoring the real need for social housing in or immediately adjacent to our towns and cities (or existing affordable housing communities), where they should be ensuring empty and run-down properties are utilised and brownfield sites developed before the countryside sites like Boorley Green.
In Bursledon, a development of just 7 houses remain mostly unsold/unoccupied over 5 months since they were completed (which shows that even 7 houses weren't needed in that location), yet Eastleigh Borough Council is planning to build nearly 200 houses on the only 2 areas of meadows (and the only remaining green gaps between the A27 and M27) when they are just not the right locations for the true housing need.
As always with Councils, and especially EBC, meeting targets (even those set by themselves!) is more important than ensuring social housing is provided in the right town/city/existing affordable housing locations, with the facilities needed and without the need to own a car or pay for public transport just to get to the shops, doctors, etc. Instead of spending a fortune buying sites like the cricket ground hotel site, they should be renovating affordable houses in existing communities. We don't need any more hotels!
And EBC continues to race through applications that are in their not-yet-approved Local Plan so that it's a fait accompli before the Local Plan reaches the Planning Inspector! AND the EBC planning portal has been down for days when one of these highly contentious sites (BU2) had a deadline of 1 January for comments/objections (and a very short timescale for responses over the Christmas and New Year period). That deadline has now been extended to 10 January after complaints from the public.
Our Lib Dem councillors in the Eastleigh area definitely do not play fair with their voters - let's just hope enough voters realise this by the time of the next elections, though if the by-election was anything to go by, many realised even then, let alone now!
All our local councils are taking the easy option of building on greenfield sites - mostly our best and little remaining countryside - whilst ignoring the real need for social housing in or immediately adjacent to our towns and cities (or existing affordable housing communities), where they should be ensuring empty and run-down properties are utilised and brownfield sites developed before the countryside sites like Boorley Green. In Bursledon, a development of just 7 houses remain mostly unsold/unoccupied over 5 months since they were completed (which shows that even 7 houses weren't needed in that location), yet Eastleigh Borough Council is planning to build nearly 200 houses on the only 2 areas of meadows (and the only remaining green gaps between the A27 and M27) when they are just not the right locations for the true housing need. As always with Councils, and especially EBC, meeting targets (even those set by themselves!) is more important than ensuring social housing is provided in the right town/city/existing affordable housing locations, with the facilities needed and without the need to own a car or pay for public transport just to get to the shops, doctors, etc. Instead of spending a fortune buying sites like the cricket ground hotel site, they should be renovating affordable houses in existing communities. We don't need any more hotels! And EBC continues to race through applications that are in their not-yet-approved Local Plan so that it's a fait accompli before the Local Plan reaches the Planning Inspector! AND the EBC planning portal has been down for days when one of these highly contentious sites (BU2) had a deadline of 1 January for comments/objections (and a very short timescale for responses over the Christmas and New Year period). That deadline has now been extended to 10 January after complaints from the public. Our Lib Dem councillors in the Eastleigh area definitely do not play fair with their voters - let's just hope enough voters realise this by the time of the next elections, though if the by-election was anything to go by, many realised even then, let alone now! Poppy22

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