At loggerheads over plans for 1,400 new homes at Boorley Green

Daily Echo: Artist's impression of a housing estate at Boorley Green Artist's impression of a housing estate at Boorley Green

IT is a plan that developers say will boost services and the economy – while campaigners warn it will rip a community apart.

Controversial proposals to build 1,400 new homes on a Hampshire golf course have now been submitted to council chiefs.

If permission is granted it would mean a new primary school, community hall, pub, supermarket, allotments and sports pitches could be built alongside the new homes at Boorley Green near Botley.

The Botley Park Hotel, which will close its 18-hole golf course to make way for the new community, is also planning a big extension – adding 44 new bedrooms, a 25-metre swimming pool and gym.

The hotel says the extension alone would create 20 new jobs in the community.

Put forward by a consortium of developers and landowners including hotel owners Macdonald Hotels, the development could also help to fund a bypass at Sundays Hill, Bursledon.

The same group of businesses, barring Macdonald Hotels, are also hoping to build 250 new homes near Pylands Lane in Bursledon.

The planning permission for the new road at Sunday’s Hill has been submitted with the application to Eastleigh Borough Council.

But the plans have met with opposition from local residents and groups in both Boorley Green and Bursledon.

They first appeared in Eastleigh Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan, which will be examined by an independent planning inspector next spring.

Campaigners have criticised the developers for putting in a planning application before the inspector has made a decision on the proposals.

Botley Parish Action Group has also argued that the development will cut Boorley Green off from nearby Botley – dividing the two communities.

Chairman Sue Grinham said: “They are attempting to push this development through without providing the inspector with the opportunity to review the strong evidence against the selection of this site, and in direct and flagrant disregard for the population of Botley who do not support this level of housing.

“This site will rip the community apart.”

Meanwhile, at Pylands Lane residents have raised concern about the loss of ancient woodland and Hampshire Scouts have said their Cricket Camp near Manor Farm is under threat as some of the 250 homes would be built on the campsite.

The Scouts say negotiations are still ongoing with developers, but they hope to move the facility further inside Manor Farm.

A spokeswoman from the project said: “Outline planning applications have been submitted for the Pylands Lane site for 250 new homes and at Boorley Green for 1,400 new homes and other uses.

“Together, approval would guarantee the delivery of the much needed Sundays Hill Bypass and bring a host of community facilities and economic benefits to Eastleigh borough.”

Both applications are for outline planning permission – which means Eastleigh Borough Council will decide on the “principle”

development.

However, councillors will look at the access to both sites in detail.

A consultation run by Eastleigh Borough Council on Boorley Green runs until Tuesday, November 6 and a consultation on the Pylands Lane homes runs until Thursday, November 8.

For more information and to comment on the plans, email planning@eastleigh.gov.uk or call 023 8068 8267.

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10:50am Thu 18 Oct 12

one in a million says...

The councils plan are ludicrous, the area is already over populated and adding more homes in the area will just add to the misery already experienced at rush hour, in our schools and local services.

If so many new houses are needed why are they being built in the neighbouring boroughs?

Seems to me Solent City is still the endgame and councils are lining their pockets with developers money.

Interesting to see the banner on Chris Huhne's website "stopping the sprawl" too...what is he actually doing to stop it?!
The councils plan are ludicrous, the area is already over populated and adding more homes in the area will just add to the misery already experienced at rush hour, in our schools and local services. If so many new houses are needed why are they being built in the neighbouring boroughs? Seems to me Solent City is still the endgame and councils are lining their pockets with developers money. Interesting to see the banner on Chris Huhne's website "stopping the sprawl" too...what is he actually doing to stop it?! one in a million
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12:32pm Thu 18 Oct 12

peenut81 says...

I do wish people would stop thinking they have any right to interfere with the rights of property developers, bankers, accountants, legal workers and millionaire land owners to get richer at the expense of communities.
Perhaps its the mistaken belief that the Uk is a democracy and that at some point in our unwritten constitutional history the non landed were given some sort of rights....
I do wish people would stop thinking they have any right to interfere with the rights of property developers, bankers, accountants, legal workers and millionaire land owners to get richer at the expense of communities. Perhaps its the mistaken belief that the Uk is a democracy and that at some point in our unwritten constitutional history the non landed were given some sort of rights.... peenut81
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1:02pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Mr E says...

Follow the money. Eastleigh Borough Council want to build as many new properties as they can get away with, because More houses = More Council Tax revenue.
Follow the money. Eastleigh Borough Council want to build as many new properties as they can get away with, because More houses = More Council Tax revenue. Mr E
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1:11pm Thu 18 Oct 12

ohec says...

It would appear the im alright Jack brigade are out, one in a million(above) even has the gaul to suggest they should be built in other boroughs but i suppose they do admit to being a NIMBY (a first class one i would say) when will people get it into their thick heads that we need houses built all over the country in vast numbers so to suggest that any one area should be excluded on the grounds of nimby-ism is absurd. Eastleigh B.C. are under pressure from the government to build houses in the borough or would the nimbys prefer them to be built in Wiltshire or Berkshire why not go the hole hog and suggest they build them in Cumbria then they won't be anywhere near you.
It would appear the im alright Jack brigade are out, one in a million(above) even has the gaul to suggest they should be built in other boroughs but i suppose they do admit to being a NIMBY (a first class one i would say) when will people get it into their thick heads that we need houses built all over the country in vast numbers so to suggest that any one area should be excluded on the grounds of nimby-ism is absurd. Eastleigh B.C. are under pressure from the government to build houses in the borough or would the nimbys prefer them to be built in Wiltshire or Berkshire why not go the hole hog and suggest they build them in Cumbria then they won't be anywhere near you. ohec
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1:57pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Ted Rogers says...

It's going to happen so let's get used to it! Let's not fool ourselves though that there will be any 'affordable' housing on this prime piece of Hampshire countryside. More likely that the social housing element will be built at the developers other planned site at Burseldon.
Get in early and put an offer in on properties on the 4th. 6th, 8th, 14th 15th holes; or the 9th or 18th if your partial to a water feature.
It's going to happen so let's get used to it! Let's not fool ourselves though that there will be any 'affordable' housing on this prime piece of Hampshire countryside. More likely that the social housing element will be built at the developers other planned site at Burseldon. Get in early and put an offer in on properties on the 4th. 6th, 8th, 14th 15th holes; or the 9th or 18th if your partial to a water feature. Ted Rogers
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2:00pm Thu 18 Oct 12

one in a million says...

do you work for EBC ohec old pal?
do you work for EBC ohec old pal? one in a million
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2:20pm Thu 18 Oct 12

ohec says...

one in a million wrote:
do you work for EBC ohec old pal?
No old pal?
[quote][p][bold]one in a million[/bold] wrote: do you work for EBC ohec old pal?[/p][/quote]No old pal? ohec
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2:26pm Thu 18 Oct 12

ohec says...

Mr E wrote:
Follow the money. Eastleigh Borough Council want to build as many new properties as they can get away with, because More houses = More Council Tax revenue.
More houses = More Council Tax revenue = More spent providing services,

You must try harder Mr E

C- for Maths.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Follow the money. Eastleigh Borough Council want to build as many new properties as they can get away with, because More houses = More Council Tax revenue.[/p][/quote]More houses = More Council Tax revenue = More spent providing services, You must try harder Mr E C- for Maths. ohec
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2:36pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Shoong says...

'rip the community apart', that old chestnut.

What about the poor children?
'rip the community apart', that old chestnut. What about the poor children? Shoong
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2:36pm Thu 18 Oct 12

ohec says...

The nimbys would be the first to complain that their children and grandchildren cant get a house whether purchased or rented, and the reason that people want to live on the south coast is probably the same reason why the nimbys live here, its a nice place to live but it would be interesting to know whether the nimby brigade are born and bred in the area.
The nimbys would be the first to complain that their children and grandchildren cant get a house whether purchased or rented, and the reason that people want to live on the south coast is probably the same reason why the nimbys live here, its a nice place to live but it would be interesting to know whether the nimby brigade are born and bred in the area. ohec
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3:13pm Thu 18 Oct 12

peenut81 says...

Where's the artist impression of the delivery yard for the supermarket, the cyclist dismounting to avoid smashed glass, the row after row of tarmaced car parking and the hooded youths loitering on the sports pitch after dark?
Has anyone ever challenged one of these artist impressions of new developments as false advertising?
Where's the artist impression of the delivery yard for the supermarket, the cyclist dismounting to avoid smashed glass, the row after row of tarmaced car parking and the hooded youths loitering on the sports pitch after dark? Has anyone ever challenged one of these artist impressions of new developments as false advertising? peenut81
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4:13pm Thu 18 Oct 12

ottred says...

'rip the community apart'

What community? Get up, drive to work, come home, shut the door. There's no community round there. A pub that hardly anyone uses, no shop, nothing..
'rip the community apart' What community? Get up, drive to work, come home, shut the door. There's no community round there. A pub that hardly anyone uses, no shop, nothing.. ottred
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