Legal bid to stop 1,400 homes from being built at Boorley Green near Botley

Daily Echo: Legal bid to stop 1,400 homes from being built Legal bid to stop 1,400 homes from being built

A LEGAL bid has been launched over plans to bulldoze a patch of Hampshire countryside and build more than a thousand homes.

Battle lines have been drawn after Botley Parish Council voted to take their fight to the highest court in the land. Just weeks ago it appeared members had abandoned hopes of launching a judicial review into a decision to allow a massive 1,400 home development at Boorley Green.

The scheme was controversially given the green light by Eastleigh Borough Council – despite a mass rally by protesters amid concerns it will swamp roads with traffic and virtually double the size of Botley.

But now parish councillors say they have followed fresh legal advice and rekindled the idea – joining forces with the Botley Parish Action group (BPAG).

The pressure group has submitted an application to the High Court for a judicial review and will now be joined officially by the council in their fight.

BPAG says a war chest of thousands of pounds has been collected from private donors looking to have the plan thrown out.

But Eastleigh Borough Council leader Keith House has already vowed to fight any review and warned his opponents to think “long and hard” before challenging the authority’s decision.

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

A BPAG spokesman said: “The BPAG committee has not taken the decision to proceed with a judicial review lightly and would have preferred not to take this route, but Eastleigh Borough Council has not left our community any other options.

“BPAG, as does Botley Parish Council, understands the need for housing, and supports and welcomes the increase by 300 houses close to the centre of Botley.

“But the extra 1400 houses located at Boorley Green is not acceptable, is unsustainable, and will have a highly detrimental effect on our community.”

Eastleigh Borough Council leader Keith House remains defiant and claimed that it was “regrettable” that Botley Parish Council had been “bullied” by BPAG in to taking action. He added: “I don’t think it is a good use of tax payers’ money.

“We would not just fight it but we would seek to retrieve any costs that might be incurred.”

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7:19am Wed 15 Jan 14

Poppy22 says...

Good news, Botley! All the different action groups in the area who are against the Eastleigh DRAFT Local Plan should join together to fight this wanton and unnecesssary destruction of our countryside that Eastleigh Council are rushing through before the Draft Plan has been approved. Why should we accept that these huge numbers of houses are needed in the short term when even small developments of new homes are taking months after completion to sell - and when there are still thousands of existing homes for sale and for rent in the Eastleigh, Southampton, Fareham, Winchester, etc, areas - as a quick seach of the internet proves. It can only be to attract yet more people into the area, when our roads and infrastructure can't cope with the existing number of residents and their cars, let alone the many thousands that will be added if thousands more homes are built on our countryside. And it's not just Eastleigh Borough residents who are affected by the Boorley Green site and other sites in Eastleigh's Draft Local Plan. All Hampshire's residents are already impacted by our gridlocked roads, which have hardly changed in over 30 years and which can't take any more traffic. Roll on the next elections and a chance to vote for independent candidates who care about the local area and local people and not just Council coffers and being "career councillors"!
Good news, Botley! All the different action groups in the area who are against the Eastleigh DRAFT Local Plan should join together to fight this wanton and unnecesssary destruction of our countryside that Eastleigh Council are rushing through before the Draft Plan has been approved. Why should we accept that these huge numbers of houses are needed in the short term when even small developments of new homes are taking months after completion to sell - and when there are still thousands of existing homes for sale and for rent in the Eastleigh, Southampton, Fareham, Winchester, etc, areas - as a quick seach of the internet proves. It can only be to attract yet more people into the area, when our roads and infrastructure can't cope with the existing number of residents and their cars, let alone the many thousands that will be added if thousands more homes are built on our countryside. And it's not just Eastleigh Borough residents who are affected by the Boorley Green site and other sites in Eastleigh's Draft Local Plan. All Hampshire's residents are already impacted by our gridlocked roads, which have hardly changed in over 30 years and which can't take any more traffic. Roll on the next elections and a chance to vote for independent candidates who care about the local area and local people and not just Council coffers and being "career councillors"! Poppy22
  • Score: 24

7:26am Wed 15 Jan 14

one in a million says...

Well said poppy! These fib dems are shameless cretins who are deaf to the concerns of those they are meant to serve.
Well said poppy! These fib dems are shameless cretins who are deaf to the concerns of those they are meant to serve. one in a million
  • Score: 23

7:36am Wed 15 Jan 14

Miguel Raton says...

Some people are so selfish. With a rapidly growing population it is vital that large numbers of new homes are built otherwise people will be condemned to sharing overcrowded slums.
Some people are so selfish. With a rapidly growing population it is vital that large numbers of new homes are built otherwise people will be condemned to sharing overcrowded slums. Miguel Raton
  • Score: -15

8:01am Wed 15 Jan 14

AndyAndrews says...

If it wasn't for ongoing excessive immigration (which Cameron has failed to curb) we wouldn't need to build so many new houses. Fact, not racism.
If it wasn't for ongoing excessive immigration (which Cameron has failed to curb) we wouldn't need to build so many new houses. Fact, not racism. AndyAndrews
  • Score: 24

8:07am Wed 15 Jan 14

Nod says...

If it wasn't for a for an aging population and a high birth rate we wouldn't need to build so many new houses. Fact, not Racism.
If it wasn't for a for an aging population and a high birth rate we wouldn't need to build so many new houses. Fact, not Racism. Nod
  • Score: 11

8:29am Wed 15 Jan 14

queenb says...

Miguel Raton wrote:
Some people are so selfish. With a rapidly growing population it is vital that large numbers of new homes are built otherwise people will be condemned to sharing overcrowded slums.
Its not selfish when we already wait over a month for a basic doctors appointment because the only surgery is fully booked up.
There's only one infant/junior school that's already full.
We have one main road in and out of the village and are gridlocked on a regular bases already due to heavy traffic.
Yes we need housing but not in a small village that can not cope with it.
[quote][p][bold]Miguel Raton[/bold] wrote: Some people are so selfish. With a rapidly growing population it is vital that large numbers of new homes are built otherwise people will be condemned to sharing overcrowded slums.[/p][/quote]Its not selfish when we already wait over a month for a basic doctors appointment because the only surgery is fully booked up. There's only one infant/junior school that's already full. We have one main road in and out of the village and are gridlocked on a regular bases already due to heavy traffic. Yes we need housing but not in a small village that can not cope with it. queenb
  • Score: 25

9:54am Wed 15 Jan 14

Likesadrink says...

I absolutely hate NIMBYism. However, on this occasion anyone that is familiar with Botley during peak hours knows what a nightmare the High Street is with cars avoiding junction 7/8 of the M27 and going through Botley instead. As a Hedge Ender it pains me to say it, but also in Botley's corner is is a beautiful Village. Not many around the outskirts of Southampton that have managed to retain that unique character. Doubling the size of it would ruin that Village feel and just turn it into another Hedge End.

300 new houses sounds more than enough for Botley, we need new houses and 300 is a big number for a small Village like Botley make no mistake. It will help the young residents of Botley get on the housing ladder, 1300 will ruin the place.
I absolutely hate NIMBYism. However, on this occasion anyone that is familiar with Botley during peak hours knows what a nightmare the High Street is with cars avoiding junction 7/8 of the M27 and going through Botley instead. As a Hedge Ender it pains me to say it, but also in Botley's corner is is a beautiful Village. Not many around the outskirts of Southampton that have managed to retain that unique character. Doubling the size of it would ruin that Village feel and just turn it into another Hedge End. 300 new houses sounds more than enough for Botley, we need new houses and 300 is a big number for a small Village like Botley make no mistake. It will help the young residents of Botley get on the housing ladder, 1300 will ruin the place. Likesadrink
  • Score: 6

10:01am Wed 15 Jan 14

Linesman says...

I wonder whether there would be this protest if all of the protesters had a married son or daughter who wanted to buy a house in the area.

My betting is that they would be quite happy to have houses built for them.
I wonder whether there would be this protest if all of the protesters had a married son or daughter who wanted to buy a house in the area. My betting is that they would be quite happy to have houses built for them. Linesman
  • Score: -16

10:02am Wed 15 Jan 14

Richard 51 says...

1400 homes I do hope they upgrade the Bishopstoke Road before they lay a single brick..
1400 homes I do hope they upgrade the Bishopstoke Road before they lay a single brick.. Richard 51
  • Score: 16

10:56am Wed 15 Jan 14

queenb says...

Linesman wrote:
I wonder whether there would be this protest if all of the protesters had a married son or daughter who wanted to buy a house in the area.

My betting is that they would be quite happy to have houses built for them.
I do have three kids in their 20s trying to get started in life and a teenager heading that way in a few years time and I still feel like this, sorry but the village can not cope with 1400 new houses
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: I wonder whether there would be this protest if all of the protesters had a married son or daughter who wanted to buy a house in the area. My betting is that they would be quite happy to have houses built for them.[/p][/quote]I do have three kids in their 20s trying to get started in life and a teenager heading that way in a few years time and I still feel like this, sorry but the village can not cope with 1400 new houses queenb
  • Score: 13

11:15am Wed 15 Jan 14

befriendly says...

As a new comer to the county I've little experience of Botley but looking at the area with Google maps I can see that there needs to be a major road building programme first to accommodate the extra traffic. Then there's the infrastructure like sewers, water, gas and electrics that need to be up graded to cope with so many extra houses. The developers won't want to pay for it all and there will be years of disruption and arguments as it is upgraded. Advanced planning has never been any councils strong point. As I drive around learning the area I often see derelict land that could be built on instead of green fields.
As a new comer to the county I've little experience of Botley but looking at the area with Google maps I can see that there needs to be a major road building programme first to accommodate the extra traffic. Then there's the infrastructure like sewers, water, gas and electrics that need to be up graded to cope with so many extra houses. The developers won't want to pay for it all and there will be years of disruption and arguments as it is upgraded. Advanced planning has never been any councils strong point. As I drive around learning the area I often see derelict land that could be built on instead of green fields. befriendly
  • Score: 17

11:21am Wed 15 Jan 14

owen thesaints says...

So the public spirited councilor feels that it is 'regrettable' and doesn't 'think it is a good use of tax payers’ money.', but is quite prepared to use the same tax payers money to fight his corner – and I can assure him that his costs will be far more than the £5000.00 allocated by Botley Parish Council. The lion's share of the 'battle fund' is from private donations and not from tax payers money at the expense of all the other service Eastleigh Council will need to 'cull' to meet their costs. If he was really concerned about wasting money, get him to explain the millions he and his cronies have invested, (and wasted), in the fiasco at the Ageas Bowl – unfinished hotel and a building site where a golf course should be?
And finally brilliant observation regarding the 'Fib-Dems' posted by One in a Million – I will dine out on it for years!
So the public spirited councilor feels that it is 'regrettable' and doesn't 'think it is a good use of tax payers’ money.', but is quite prepared to use the same tax payers money to fight his corner – and I can assure him that his costs will be far more than the £5000.00 allocated by Botley Parish Council. The lion's share of the 'battle fund' is from private donations and not from tax payers money at the expense of all the other service Eastleigh Council will need to 'cull' to meet their costs. If he was really concerned about wasting money, get him to explain the millions he and his cronies have invested, (and wasted), in the fiasco at the Ageas Bowl – unfinished hotel and a building site where a golf course should be? And finally brilliant observation regarding the 'Fib-Dems' posted by One in a Million – I will dine out on it for years! owen thesaints
  • Score: 16

11:21am Wed 15 Jan 14

George4th says...

NIMBYS and BANANA people, don't you just love them!
Those who are in accommodation pontificating, moaning and whinging about their lot and how bad life is because someone wants to build homes!!

Imagine not having a home?

(Yes, I know the last Labour government allowed uncontrolled Immigration with 2 Million legally coming into the UK (probably up to another million illegally) without Labour having made any preparations for the additional resources needed in the way of housing, transport, health etc etc etc. - Total mismanagement - like everything else the Labour Government did!)

Of the total land available in the UK, only 2.27% is built on! (6.8% is considered Urban)
So, we have 97.73% to build on!

We need homes. We need homes for anyone currently without one and we need homes for those who will need one in the future.
NIMBYS and BANANA people, don't you just love them! Those who are in accommodation pontificating, moaning and whinging about their lot and how bad life is because someone wants to build homes!! Imagine not having a home? (Yes, I know the last Labour government allowed uncontrolled Immigration with 2 Million legally coming into the UK (probably up to another million illegally) without Labour having made any preparations for the additional resources needed in the way of housing, transport, health etc etc etc. - Total mismanagement - like everything else the Labour Government did!) Of the total land available in the UK, only 2.27% is built on! (6.8% is considered Urban) So, we have 97.73% to build on! We need homes. We need homes for anyone currently without one and we need homes for those who will need one in the future. George4th
  • Score: -5

1:37pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kiddynamite says...

So why are you lot so special? If you all care so much about the countryside why don't you all sell up and return the area to nature? Or is it your all a bit stuck up and don't want anyone else to live their?
Sorry but i think we need more housing and they will have to be built somewhere!
Blooming handwringers!!!!!!!
So why are you lot so special? If you all care so much about the countryside why don't you all sell up and return the area to nature? Or is it your all a bit stuck up and don't want anyone else to live their? Sorry but i think we need more housing and they will have to be built somewhere! Blooming handwringers!!!!!!! kiddynamite
  • Score: -10

2:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

LadySam says...

I feel so sorry for people living over there. The infrastructure cannot cope and it is all about money. I live in Shirley and all around the city there are empty houses, derelict factories, brown field sites and so on. These should be redeveloped first. Eastleigh Borough Council are a disgrace, just like our council for allowing this mass development to take place. Once the countryside is lost it can never be replaced; gone for good.
I feel so sorry for people living over there. The infrastructure cannot cope and it is all about money. I live in Shirley and all around the city there are empty houses, derelict factories, brown field sites and so on. These should be redeveloped first. Eastleigh Borough Council are a disgrace, just like our council for allowing this mass development to take place. Once the countryside is lost it can never be replaced; gone for good. LadySam
  • Score: 10

2:29pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BoorleyR says...

We are not just talking about 1400 houses, the intention of EBC is to build 2500 in the area. Where is everyone going to work and the whole area from Botley to Winchester will be gridlocked,the infrastructure will not be built to cope with this increase in traffic movements.
We are not just talking about 1400 houses, the intention of EBC is to build 2500 in the area. Where is everyone going to work and the whole area from Botley to Winchester will be gridlocked,the infrastructure will not be built to cope with this increase in traffic movements. BoorleyR
  • Score: 9

7:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mickey01 says...

what a load of stuck up nimbeys !! i bet botley was a better place before the people who live there had thier houses built and now cos a few more are considered all hell breaks out. there is gridlock everywhere at certain times of the day so just get over it and stop being so snooby /selfish
what a load of stuck up nimbeys !! i bet botley was a better place before the people who live there had thier houses built and now cos a few more are considered all hell breaks out. there is gridlock everywhere at certain times of the day so just get over it and stop being so snooby /selfish mickey01
  • Score: -4

7:16pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mickey01 says...

queenb wrote:
Miguel Raton wrote:
Some people are so selfish. With a rapidly growing population it is vital that large numbers of new homes are built otherwise people will be condemned to sharing overcrowded slums.
Its not selfish when we already wait over a month for a basic doctors appointment because the only surgery is fully booked up.
There's only one infant/junior school that's already full.
We have one main road in and out of the village and are gridlocked on a regular bases already due to heavy traffic.
Yes we need housing but not in a small village that can not cope with it.
move then !! your so called village was a lot smaller before the homes you live in were built it is called an ever growing population
[quote][p][bold]queenb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miguel Raton[/bold] wrote: Some people are so selfish. With a rapidly growing population it is vital that large numbers of new homes are built otherwise people will be condemned to sharing overcrowded slums.[/p][/quote]Its not selfish when we already wait over a month for a basic doctors appointment because the only surgery is fully booked up. There's only one infant/junior school that's already full. We have one main road in and out of the village and are gridlocked on a regular bases already due to heavy traffic. Yes we need housing but not in a small village that can not cope with it.[/p][/quote]move then !! your so called village was a lot smaller before the homes you live in were built it is called an ever growing population mickey01
  • Score: -7

8:49pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

Good. Similar legal fight in Hedge End please. The plans there would be equally disastrous for the area. We're at breaking point now as the tragic in the mornings will testify. The infrastructure plans are woefully inadequate. The countryside can never be replaced. The lib dems have been consistently arrogant and dishonest to residents of the affected boroughs throughout and public reaction demonstrates that the people of Botley, Boorley Green, Hedge End and Bursledon have had enough. I wish the protesters every success with this. Eastleigh Borough Council are an absolute disaster and Keith House's ridiculous over development plans will destroy the whole area.
Good. Similar legal fight in Hedge End please. The plans there would be equally disastrous for the area. We're at breaking point now as the tragic in the mornings will testify. The infrastructure plans are woefully inadequate. The countryside can never be replaced. The lib dems have been consistently arrogant and dishonest to residents of the affected boroughs throughout and public reaction demonstrates that the people of Botley, Boorley Green, Hedge End and Bursledon have had enough. I wish the protesters every success with this. Eastleigh Borough Council are an absolute disaster and Keith House's ridiculous over development plans will destroy the whole area. Saint Botley
  • Score: 3

9:22pm Wed 15 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

More homes ! BUT not more schools / hospitals or cemetery s . Tesco should look into diversifying , value price funerals and teaching kids what to eat and total capitalism . Hedge end is now more a city than the village it was . So another concrete jungle is NOT NEEDED
More homes ! BUT not more schools / hospitals or cemetery s . Tesco should look into diversifying , value price funerals and teaching kids what to eat and total capitalism . Hedge end is now more a city than the village it was . So another concrete jungle is NOT NEEDED SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 3

11:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

'Not a good use of tax payers money'. The temerity of the man. If Keith House wants an example of a bad use of tax payers money, then frankly he might take a glimpse at the The Rose Bowl hotel fiasco. Or indeed your his own wage packet.
'Not a good use of tax payers money'. The temerity of the man. If Keith House wants an example of a bad use of tax payers money, then frankly he might take a glimpse at the The Rose Bowl hotel fiasco. Or indeed your his own wage packet. Saint Botley
  • Score: 5

1:15am Thu 16 Jan 14

MrsJRW says...

I entirely agree with Ladysam who feels we should build on unsightly brown field sites and gentrify scruffy areas of Southampton. It may be more difficult and costly for builders to do this, but it will improve the area, not ruin a place and destroy precious countryside. The road from Botley to Winchester has suffered from almost continuous ribbon development that is under threat of being widened so that every village is conjoined. The EBC state that they need to maintain delineation between villages, provide leisure and sports facilities, (especially in light of the nation's growing obesity), and farm land to provide food. Covering a beautiful golf course in houses contradicts the EBC's own report. Having read the article in the Echo about the EBC wishing to raise money to purchase the Rose Bowl Hotel and lease the golf course, I wonder in whose interest it is to give permission for the golf course at Boorley Green to be bulldozed and allow developers to move in?
I entirely agree with Ladysam who feels we should build on unsightly brown field sites and gentrify scruffy areas of Southampton. It may be more difficult and costly for builders to do this, but it will improve the area, not ruin a place and destroy precious countryside. The road from Botley to Winchester has suffered from almost continuous ribbon development that is under threat of being widened so that every village is conjoined. The EBC state that they need to maintain delineation between villages, provide leisure and sports facilities, (especially in light of the nation's growing obesity), and farm land to provide food. Covering a beautiful golf course in houses contradicts the EBC's own report. Having read the article in the Echo about the EBC wishing to raise money to purchase the Rose Bowl Hotel and lease the golf course, I wonder in whose interest it is to give permission for the golf course at Boorley Green to be bulldozed and allow developers to move in? MrsJRW
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Thu 16 Jan 14

castlemaine51 says...

In 1980 a modest house in the Botley area was 3 times the average annual 1980 salary. In 2014 a modest house in Botley is 8 times the average annual 2014 salary. All economists agree we have a massive shortage of houses in England and there is a growing consensus the primary cause of British economic problems is the lack of housing supply. Supply and demand therefore causes rents and mortgage payments to become a larger percentage of the weekly pay packet. These persons who bought houses when they were cheap in relation to wages have to stop this self interested economic protectionism and think about the greater good of the community as a whole not just themselves.
In 1980 a modest house in the Botley area was 3 times the average annual 1980 salary. In 2014 a modest house in Botley is 8 times the average annual 2014 salary. All economists agree we have a massive shortage of houses in England and there is a growing consensus the primary cause of British economic problems is the lack of housing supply. Supply and demand therefore causes rents and mortgage payments to become a larger percentage of the weekly pay packet. These persons who bought houses when they were cheap in relation to wages have to stop this self interested economic protectionism and think about the greater good of the community as a whole not just themselves. castlemaine51
  • Score: 1

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