Protest against huge homes development thrown out

Protest against huge homes development thrown out

Protest against huge homes development thrown out

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

CAMPAIGNERS have been dealt a hammer blow in their legal bid to halt plans for more than 1,000 homes in the Hampshire countryside.

Battle lines were drawn after Botley Parish Action Group (BPAG) and Botley Parish Council joined forces in a bid to take their fight to the highest court in the land.

But their first attempt to secure a judicial review to a decision to allow a massive 1,400-home development at Boorley Green has been thrown out by the High Court – and it could cost the pressure group thousands of pounds.

As reported, BPAG collected a war chest from residents opposing the original Eastleigh Borough Council planning decision.

It came after more than 600 people marched through Botley in protest at the plans.

The scheme was controversially given the green light despite concerns it would swamp roads with traffic and virtually double the size of Botley.

But judges at the High Court have said they were not persuaded by the pressure group’s arguments concluding that the council’s reasons for granting permission were adequate.

BPAG have now been ordered to pay a £5,250 contribution towards the borough council’s legal costs. But they now have seven days to make up their minds over whether to appeal the High Court’s decision.

A spokesman told the Daily Echo: “Obviously this is a blow and it is not what we wanted but we have to decide now what we are going to do next.

“We are not asking for anything unreasonable. All we want is for an independent review over whether this is the right site for housing in the area.”

The vice chairman of Botley Parish Council, Kevin Barton, added that the council would support the pressure group “where appropriate”.

“Botley Parish Council was uncomfortable about the development itself in the first place and that is why we were looking at reviewing the process.

“I think it is one step at a time – we have to look at what BPAG do.”

But Eastleigh Borough Council leader Keith House said he was already looking forward to seeing the development through to completion.

“We knew that the council had a strong position and are delighted with the High Court’s decision to refuse a judicial review.

“We now look forward to progressing the development and providing much needed homes for local people.”

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6:04am Thu 13 Feb 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Good decision
Great for botley
Good decision Great for botley Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -10

6:21am Thu 13 Feb 14

huckit P says...

Those voting for it are the ones least affected by it.
Those voting for it are the ones least affected by it. huckit P
  • Score: 8

6:47am Thu 13 Feb 14

Northamboy says...

Hedge End used to be a nice place to live but that's been ruined by massive housing estates. It's a shame but now Botley is going to follow. When I was a kid Botley and Hedge End were two nice little villages and in one generation all that will have changed and not for the best.
Hedge End used to be a nice place to live but that's been ruined by massive housing estates. It's a shame but now Botley is going to follow. When I was a kid Botley and Hedge End were two nice little villages and in one generation all that will have changed and not for the best. Northamboy
  • Score: 23

7:44am Thu 13 Feb 14

sarfhamton says...

I don't have a problem with these new homes as long as the road situation is improved.
I don't have a problem with these new homes as long as the road situation is improved. sarfhamton
  • Score: 2

9:58am Thu 13 Feb 14

wwozzer says...

Wouldn't it be lovely to still live in a quaint 1950's vision of village life, unfortunately Botley is too near the motorway and rail network to escape the inevitable.

It will still be a lovely village surrounded by beautiful countryside even after this development. The road network is going to need some serious improvement though.
Wouldn't it be lovely to still live in a quaint 1950's vision of village life, unfortunately Botley is too near the motorway and rail network to escape the inevitable. It will still be a lovely village surrounded by beautiful countryside even after this development. The road network is going to need some serious improvement though. wwozzer
  • Score: 4

2:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

kiddynamite says...

Stop being miserable old gits, we youngsters need houses!
Stop being miserable old gits, we youngsters need houses! kiddynamite
  • Score: -9

2:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Saint Botley says...

This development is the tip of the iceberg, I urge every resident of Botley, Hedge End, Boorley Green, Bursledon etc to check the lib dems full proposals for the area. Wholesale destruction of the green areas and woefully inadequate infrastructure plans from the party that's claiming to protect the countryside.
This development is the tip of the iceberg, I urge every resident of Botley, Hedge End, Boorley Green, Bursledon etc to check the lib dems full proposals for the area. Wholesale destruction of the green areas and woefully inadequate infrastructure plans from the party that's claiming to protect the countryside. Saint Botley
  • Score: 6

6:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

Saint Botley wrote:
This development is the tip of the iceberg, I urge every resident of Botley, Hedge End, Boorley Green, Bursledon etc to check the lib dems full proposals for the area. Wholesale destruction of the green areas and woefully inadequate infrastructure plans from the party that's claiming to protect the countryside.
yawn yawn yawn
[quote][p][bold]Saint Botley[/bold] wrote: This development is the tip of the iceberg, I urge every resident of Botley, Hedge End, Boorley Green, Bursledon etc to check the lib dems full proposals for the area. Wholesale destruction of the green areas and woefully inadequate infrastructure plans from the party that's claiming to protect the countryside.[/p][/quote]yawn yawn yawn mickey01
  • Score: -2

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