Anger that homes plan for Boorley Green 'jumps the gun'

Anger that homes plan 'jumps the gun'

Anger that homes plan 'jumps the gun'

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A CONTROVERSIAL bid to build a massive housing estate on Hampshire countryside will be made this month even though the views of the public are still being sought, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Worried campaigners fear an application to build 1,400 homes at Boorley Green will “short circuit” an official review which includes public consultation currently underway.

But a consortium of developers are applying for outline planning permission for the new estate at the end of September.

The controversial proposals, that involve building on Botley Park Golf Course, are part of Eastleigh Borough Council ’s Draft Local Plan – which is out for consultation and has to be approved by an independent inspector.

Those protesting against the development have branded the application “premature”.

Former council chief executive and spokesman for Botley Park golfer Chris Tapp said: “There are many hundreds of objections to the development of the Botley Park golf course, proposed by Eastleigh Council in their Draft Local Plan. So that proposal should be fully tested at the Local Plan Examination, to be held by an independent planning inspector in spring 2013.

“A planning application before then would certainly be premature, and an attempt to short circuit the Local Plan process.”

Botley Parish Action Group (BPAG) called for Eastleigh Borough Council to throw out the plan.

Chairman Sue Grinham said: “BPAG hopes the council area planning team will respect the overwhelming amount of public opposition and the rational arguments against this flawed plan, and allow the local plan process to be completed fully and democratically by refusing to grant this application prematurely.”

Developers argue that the proposals, which would include a new primary school, green spaces and an upgrade for the Botley Park Hotel, will help tackle a housing shortage.

The consortium, Ashill Developments, Southern & Regional Developments and Macdonald Hotels, told the Daily Echo that an application at this stage was common practice.

A spokesman said: “Many of those developing much-needed new homes across the country adopt a similar approach and the consortium responsible for the Boorley Green scheme sees the application submission as the next logical step following the extensive community consultations held in February.

“The consortiums have worked hard to consult with the community and have used feedback received both during and since the community consultations to shape the proposals.”

Eastleigh Borough Council said its planners have to consider any application submitted.

An exhibition about the plans takes place at Botley Park Hotel in Winchester Road on Wednesday, September 12 from 3pm to 8pm.

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4:08pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Stillness says...

Now lets see. Places for people to live or little holes to hit balls into? Tough one.
Now lets see. Places for people to live or little holes to hit balls into? Tough one. Stillness
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4:38pm Mon 3 Sep 12

one in a million says...

Solent city here we come.....
Solent city here we come..... one in a million
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5:15pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Huffter says...

If it's an application for outline planning permission it's hardly jumping the gun.
If it's an application for outline planning permission it's hardly jumping the gun. Huffter
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8:08pm Mon 3 Sep 12

longstuff10 says...

It's not about hitting balls into holes. We need to preserve some green areas in our county, particularly between Portsmouth and Southampton so that our children and future generations can enjoy the wildlife. I don't mind whether it is golf or not but no more concrete. Eastleigh council will poison your minds with how great Dowds Farm is etc but it is a social disaster waiting to happen. Hundreds and thousands of people living on top of each other. The plans will be watered and watered down if planning is permitted with very few facilities including no upgrades to the roads.
It's not about hitting balls into holes. We need to preserve some green areas in our county, particularly between Portsmouth and Southampton so that our children and future generations can enjoy the wildlife. I don't mind whether it is golf or not but no more concrete. Eastleigh council will poison your minds with how great Dowds Farm is etc but it is a social disaster waiting to happen. Hundreds and thousands of people living on top of each other. The plans will be watered and watered down if planning is permitted with very few facilities including no upgrades to the roads. longstuff10
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8:28pm Mon 3 Sep 12

huckit P says...

Apart from the emotional cries about housing for homeless etc. etc. has anyone given a thought of where the traffic would go to and how the existing overloaded infrastructure would cope? Have you tried to drive anywhere in that area during rush-hour? M27/Junction 7 is the nearest access to the motorway network and that is horrendous during most of the day. Even if Junction 6 had been built it wouldn't help much. There has to be better locations for so many houses. (And before people accuse me of being a NIMBY, I don't live in that area any more but remember the problems well.)
Apart from the emotional cries about housing for homeless etc. etc. has anyone given a thought of where the traffic would go to and how the existing overloaded infrastructure would cope? Have you tried to drive anywhere in that area during rush-hour? M27/Junction 7 is the nearest access to the motorway network and that is horrendous during most of the day. Even if Junction 6 had been built it wouldn't help much. There has to be better locations for so many houses. (And before people accuse me of being a NIMBY, I don't live in that area any more but remember the problems well.) huckit P
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8:37pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Stillness says...

huckit P wrote:
Apart from the emotional cries about housing for homeless etc. etc. has anyone given a thought of where the traffic would go to and how the existing overloaded infrastructure would cope? Have you tried to drive anywhere in that area during rush-hour? M27/Junction 7 is the nearest access to the motorway network and that is horrendous during most of the day. Even if Junction 6 had been built it wouldn't help much. There has to be better locations for so many houses. (And before people accuse me of being a NIMBY, I don't live in that area any more but remember the problems well.)
NIMBY!
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Apart from the emotional cries about housing for homeless etc. etc. has anyone given a thought of where the traffic would go to and how the existing overloaded infrastructure would cope? Have you tried to drive anywhere in that area during rush-hour? M27/Junction 7 is the nearest access to the motorway network and that is horrendous during most of the day. Even if Junction 6 had been built it wouldn't help much. There has to be better locations for so many houses. (And before people accuse me of being a NIMBY, I don't live in that area any more but remember the problems well.)[/p][/quote]NIMBY! Stillness
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9:02pm Mon 3 Sep 12

longstuff10 says...

Agree huckit, there simply is nowhere for the traffic to go. Even at weekends it is an interesting proposition to get on the M27.

I guess that our friend Stillness is a local wag (and not the wives and girlfriends type)
Agree huckit, there simply is nowhere for the traffic to go. Even at weekends it is an interesting proposition to get on the M27. I guess that our friend Stillness is a local wag (and not the wives and girlfriends type) longstuff10
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9:06pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Stillness says...

longstuff10 wrote:
Agree huckit, there simply is nowhere for the traffic to go. Even at weekends it is an interesting proposition to get on the M27.

I guess that our friend Stillness is a local wag (and not the wives and girlfriends type)
We will just have to give up our cars then wont we.
[quote][p][bold]longstuff10[/bold] wrote: Agree huckit, there simply is nowhere for the traffic to go. Even at weekends it is an interesting proposition to get on the M27. I guess that our friend Stillness is a local wag (and not the wives and girlfriends type)[/p][/quote]We will just have to give up our cars then wont we. Stillness
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9:12pm Mon 3 Sep 12

longstuff10 says...

Agree huckit, there simply is nowhere for the traffic to go. Even at weekends it is an interesting proposition to get on the M27.

I guess that our friend Stillness is a local wag (and not the wives and girlfriends type)
Agree huckit, there simply is nowhere for the traffic to go. Even at weekends it is an interesting proposition to get on the M27. I guess that our friend Stillness is a local wag (and not the wives and girlfriends type) longstuff10
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9:21pm Mon 3 Sep 12

longstuff10 says...

More than happy to do that if there was an adequate alternative. I walk, cycle and train where I can FYI... Let's focus on more green belt being destroyed and therefore adding to the infrastructure dilemma.
More than happy to do that if there was an adequate alternative. I walk, cycle and train where I can FYI... Let's focus on more green belt being destroyed and therefore adding to the infrastructure dilemma. longstuff10
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9:28pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Stillness says...

longstuff10 wrote:
More than happy to do that if there was an adequate alternative. I walk, cycle and train where I can FYI... Let's focus on more green belt being destroyed and therefore adding to the infrastructure dilemma.
What about finding to owners of brown field sites that are just sitting on them with the hope of making a killing on the land value and compulsory purchase them if they refuse to develop them now?
[quote][p][bold]longstuff10[/bold] wrote: More than happy to do that if there was an adequate alternative. I walk, cycle and train where I can FYI... Let's focus on more green belt being destroyed and therefore adding to the infrastructure dilemma.[/p][/quote]What about finding to owners of brown field sites that are just sitting on them with the hope of making a killing on the land value and compulsory purchase them if they refuse to develop them now? Stillness
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11:51pm Mon 3 Sep 12

BillyTheKid says...

I'm making no apology for putting this poem here. Do read it because it is relevent to this article. It's that Alan Brownjohn one, To See The Rabbit :

We are going to see the rabbit.
We are going to see the rabbit.
Which rabbit, people say?
Which rabbit , ask the children?
Which rabbit?
The only rabbit,
The only rabbit in England,
Sitting behind a barbed-wire fence
Under the floodlights, neon lights,
Sodium lights,
Nibbling grass
On the only patch of grass
In England, in England
(except the grass by the hoardings
Which doesn't count.)
We are going to see the rabbit
And we must be there on time.

First we shall go by escalator,
Then we shall go by underground,
And then we shall go by motorway,
And then by helicopterway,
And the last 10 yards we shall have to go
On foot.

And now we are going
All the way to see the rabbit,
We are nearly there,
We are longing to see it,
And so is the crowd
Which is here in thousands
With mounted policemen
And big loudspeakers
And bands and banners,
And everyone has come a long way.

But soon we shall see it
Sitting and nibbling
The blades of grass
In - but something has gone wrong!
Why is everyone so angry,
Why is everyone jostling
And slanging and complaining?

The rabbit has gone,
Yes, the rabbit has gone.
He has actually burrowed down into the earth
And made himself a warren, under the earth,
Despite all these people,
And what shall we do?
What can we do?

It is all a pity, you must be disappointed,
Go home and do something for today,
Go home again, go home for today.
For you cannot hear the rabbit, under the earth,
Remarking rather sadly to himself, by himself,
As he rests in his warren, under the earth:
'It won't be long, they are bound to come,
They are bound to come and find me, even here.'

Nimby stuff, all the extra traffic, people, loss of countryside.......na
tter, natter, chatter. Fact is that if life continues the way it is going, with increasing population and traffic, there will come a time when every bit of Britain is just buildings and traffic. No trees, no wildlife, no parks, etc., just houses, shops, industrial sites, hospitals, and so on, and of course roads.

My question is what happens after that when you still need more houses ? We don't seem to be making much progress with space travel, do we ?
I'm making no apology for putting this poem here. Do read it because it is relevent to this article. It's that Alan Brownjohn one, To See The Rabbit : We are going to see the rabbit. We are going to see the rabbit. Which rabbit, people say? Which rabbit , ask the children? Which rabbit? The only rabbit, The only rabbit in England, Sitting behind a barbed-wire fence Under the floodlights, neon lights, Sodium lights, Nibbling grass On the only patch of grass In England, in England (except the grass by the hoardings Which doesn't count.) We are going to see the rabbit And we must be there on time. First we shall go by escalator, Then we shall go by underground, And then we shall go by motorway, And then by helicopterway, And the last 10 yards we shall have to go On foot. And now we are going All the way to see the rabbit, We are nearly there, We are longing to see it, And so is the crowd Which is here in thousands With mounted policemen And big loudspeakers And bands and banners, And everyone has come a long way. But soon we shall see it Sitting and nibbling The blades of grass In - but something has gone wrong! Why is everyone so angry, Why is everyone jostling And slanging and complaining? The rabbit has gone, Yes, the rabbit has gone. He has actually burrowed down into the earth And made himself a warren, under the earth, Despite all these people, And what shall we do? What can we do? It is all a pity, you must be disappointed, Go home and do something for today, Go home again, go home for today. For you cannot hear the rabbit, under the earth, Remarking rather sadly to himself, by himself, As he rests in his warren, under the earth: 'It won't be long, they are bound to come, They are bound to come and find me, even here.' Nimby stuff, all the extra traffic, people, loss of countryside.......na tter, natter, chatter. Fact is that if life continues the way it is going, with increasing population and traffic, there will come a time when every bit of Britain is just buildings and traffic. No trees, no wildlife, no parks, etc., just houses, shops, industrial sites, hospitals, and so on, and of course roads. My question is what happens after that when you still need more houses ? We don't seem to be making much progress with space travel, do we ? BillyTheKid
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1:45am Tue 4 Sep 12

Poppy22 says...

It's about time we all said no to further development in this area. It only attracts affluent or "downsizing" people into the area (eg I've recently met several people moving here from Surrey so that they can buy retirement homes here for cash!), or people to work in new business premises built here (when there are plenty of nearly-new empty ones littering our existing business parks!).
Our councillors have let us down badly and should be ashamed of themselves - none of them are acting as local councillors should be - ie on behalf of their constituents! It's all just council greed - more businesses, more people into the area, more money for the council and more individual power for ambitious councillors, and the loss of our green fields, countryside, wildlife and just more pollution, health problems etc.
Absolutely disgusted with Eastleigh council. None of them will get my vote in the future.
It's about time we all said no to further development in this area. It only attracts affluent or "downsizing" people into the area (eg I've recently met several people moving here from Surrey so that they can buy retirement homes here for cash!), or people to work in new business premises built here (when there are plenty of nearly-new empty ones littering our existing business parks!). Our councillors have let us down badly and should be ashamed of themselves - none of them are acting as local councillors should be - ie on behalf of their constituents! It's all just council greed - more businesses, more people into the area, more money for the council and more individual power for ambitious councillors, and the loss of our green fields, countryside, wildlife and just more pollution, health problems etc. Absolutely disgusted with Eastleigh council. None of them will get my vote in the future. Poppy22
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10:41am Tue 4 Sep 12

G0Rf says...

The M27 J7 is slow at most times of the day.
How are all of those extra cars going to get out of the "new estate" for work? M27 J7....it cant cope as it is!
The M27 J7 is slow at most times of the day. How are all of those extra cars going to get out of the "new estate" for work? M27 J7....it cant cope as it is! G0Rf
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10:47am Tue 4 Sep 12

G0Rf says...

Build it near Allington Lane and make a new M27 J6
Build it near Allington Lane and make a new M27 J6 G0Rf
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10:47am Tue 4 Sep 12

G0Rf says...

Does anyone else have problems with this daily echo website keep crashing?
Does anyone else have problems with this daily echo website keep crashing? G0Rf
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5:02pm Tue 4 Sep 12

BillyTheKid says...

G0Rf wrote:
Does anyone else have problems with this daily echo website keep crashing?
No.
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: Does anyone else have problems with this daily echo website keep crashing?[/p][/quote]No. BillyTheKid
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