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    ohec wrote:
    What a shame that people have to be so selfish and that is what it all boils down too,the not in my back yard or the thats where i walk my dog and so on, and these people are so ashamed of their own feelings they then try to conceal the fact by talking about boundaries or some other rubbish. The fact that these houses are desperately needed is neither here nor there as long as the protesters already have a nice house, the fact that no councillors turned up say's it all as long as you sit ON the fence you can't get into any trouble.
    Well ohec I went on the protest walk that day & I'm not ashamed of my feelings about it & yes I do have a very nice house thank you; that I own by saving for in excess of ten years to get a big enough deposit to be able to buy, rather than sitting on my backside expecting to be given one on a plate as some feel they are entitled to!.
    The problem I have with this plan is the fact that another 1300 MINIMUM houses in the Chestnut Ave /Stoneham Lane area means probably another 2600 cars on the two roads I've mentioned which are already at a standstill most days due to the sheer volume of vehicles trying to get in / out of Eastleigh, C Ford etc etc towards the M27 or Soton via them. The 'share your car half this queue' signs erected by the council tell their own story. & the fact that Soton, E/Leigh & Test Valley will develop this area as several smaller sites means they don't have to invest in the infrastructure as they would if it was one huge development which it will end up as sprawling both sides of the M27 eventually. I'm all for development if it's well thought out & done properly... but these roads wont get upgraded or improved & will only get worse.
    & as for desperately needed housing only a tiny percentage will end up as social housing so will hardly improve the situation for those who can't afford to buy as I've been lucky enough to do so. We have plenty of empty office blocks in the town that could be converted with a little thought & probably less of a carbon footprint than 1300 new builds & Hamble airfield is also another option within E/Leigh, but I'm sure we'll end up with the houses built here anyhow... it would probably be a different story if any of the councillors actually lived near here lol!."
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Eastleigh residents protest over plans for 1,000 homes at beauty spot

Protesters at Stoneham Park campaign against the proposed development of more than 1,000 homes in the area.

Protesters at Stoneham Park campaign against the proposed development of more than 1,000 homes in the area.

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

ANGRY residents have demonstrated at a beauty spot earmarked for more than 1,000 houses.

About 50 people went to Stoneham Park in Eastleigh to raise awareness that the greenfield land is under threat from the bulldozers.

The 61-acre site, near Chestnut Avenue, has appeared in Eastleigh Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan as a possible area to build 1,300 new homes.

Campaigners say it would lead to traffic chaos and destroy one of the last green gaps between Eastleigh and Southampton.

Protest organiser Pat Ford said she was happy with the turnout, but disappointed that more Eastleigh borough councillors did not turn up.

She said: “We asked all 44 councillors on the borough – five replied, 39 ignored us and none came.

“I think it’s disgusting.

“But it was a really good turnout.”

Eastleigh North’s Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Thomas, also the chairman of the council’s Eastleigh Local Area Committee, said: “Councillors have many commitments and in my case I did not actually receive an invitation.

However, in this case the local plan has got a long way to go and any representations would be more useful when made directly to the council.”

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The leader of the council’s Conservative group, Councillor Godfrey Olson, said that he had been unable to attend.

He said: “I had been to a similar event three or four weeks beforehand when Mrs Ford took me around.

“I am totally opposed to building on that land for so many reasons.

It is a lovely rural setting, it will destroy the park, it will create traffic and it takes away recreational space.”

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