Development bid sparks protests

Development bid sparks protests

Development bid sparks protests

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

A COMMUNITY has pleaded its case to protect Hampshire countryside from developers.

Residents and councillors made their feelings known on plans for up to 150 homes in Bursledon which are being re-examined by a Government planning inspector.

Some campaigners held a protest against the plans ahead of the public inquiry, at the Lowford Centre, in Bursledon with placards with slogans like “stop building on Hamble Lane” and “No more traffic!”

Taylor Wimpey wants to build homes on land off Hamble Lane roundabout, at its junction with Portsmouth Road.

Members of the council’s Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee opposed the plans last May amid concerns of loss of green space, that it did not fit with the area and the effect of construction on residents.

Government inspector Rupert Grantham heard residents’ concerns over loss of the countryside gap between Bursledon |and Southampton, increased traffic and pollution and pressure on local schools and doctors.

Hound resident Kim Sandom said: “That we have to provide for future generations... I don’t think anybody disputes that fact, what we dispute is that land, that green countryside should be taken to ‘get the economy going’ and be used for the greed of developers.”

He said he was not convinced that the council needed the homes it was planning for and pointed to hundreds of homes on the market.

Eastleigh Borough Council leader Keith House urged the inspector against allowing the development saying that the authority would shortly be submitting its Local Plan which committed it to delivering housing on the most sustainable sites.

After Hampshire County Council’s highways department withdrerw its objections, the debate now hinges on whether the development is needed in the gap that separates Bursledon and Southampton, its impact on that landscape and the borough’s housing land supply.

Christopher Boyle QC, representing Taylor Wimpey, said in his opening comments that many reasons behind the previous refusal had since been overcome.

He said the current local plan was out of date and that the authority was unable to demonstrate the required five-year housing land supply.

He said the site was sustainable and had appropriate transport links.

The inquiry is expected to last until tomorrow.

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11:23am Wed 9 Apr 14

derek james says...

apparently a lot of new developments are sold to overseas investors, some before they are even built.berkeley and barrett even haves sales offices in china.any new developments in the uk should have assurances in place before planning is given that this will not be permitted
apparently a lot of new developments are sold to overseas investors, some before they are even built.berkeley and barrett even haves sales offices in china.any new developments in the uk should have assurances in place before planning is given that this will not be permitted derek james
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1:52pm Wed 9 Apr 14

jelly tots says...

Hampshire countryside? Surely they don't mean that scrubby bit of land opposite Tesco's and next to the car boot market? Not like the real countryside at Boorley Green where Eastleigh borough want to put 1900 houses or the farmland leading down to Bursledon Bridge, the word hypocrite comes to mind. Lets have more low impact building, on small sites to fulfill demand rather than building of huge numbers of houses that will ultimately swamp Botley and destroy the gap between it and Hedge End.
Hampshire countryside? Surely they don't mean that scrubby bit of land opposite Tesco's and next to the car boot market? Not like the real countryside at Boorley Green where Eastleigh borough want to put 1900 houses or the farmland leading down to Bursledon Bridge, the word hypocrite comes to mind. Lets have more low impact building, on small sites to fulfill demand rather than building of huge numbers of houses that will ultimately swamp Botley and destroy the gap between it and Hedge End. jelly tots
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4:13pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Danae says...

Hampshire has no formal Green Belt. Instead in has Strategic Gaps, a principal purpose of which is to prevent towns and cities coalescing.

The subject site is in one of the most important Strategic Gaps in South Hampshire, which is there the prevent Southampton joining up with Bursledon.

The promoter at Taylor Wimpey knows this and that, as a result, he is unlikely to get planning consent on the site.

TW's weak position is emphasised by the bit of flannel Chris Boyle QC for TW is quoted, at the bottom of the above article, as having come out with.

Wouldn't it be nice if developers just stuck to the established policy and stopped wasting their and everyone else' time, effort and money; even going to the extent of an appeal like this; just to fly development kites that are bound to crash without trace?
Hampshire has no formal Green Belt. Instead in has Strategic Gaps, a principal purpose of which is to prevent towns and cities coalescing. The subject site is in one of the most important Strategic Gaps in South Hampshire, which is there the prevent Southampton joining up with Bursledon. The promoter at Taylor Wimpey knows this and that, as a result, he is unlikely to get planning consent on the site. TW's weak position is emphasised by the bit of flannel Chris Boyle QC for TW is quoted, at the bottom of the above article, as having come out with. Wouldn't it be nice if developers just stuck to the established policy and stopped wasting their and everyone else' time, effort and money; even going to the extent of an appeal like this; just to fly development kites that are bound to crash without trace? Danae
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