Planning to Fail

Eastleigh Borough Council have not put the Local Plan for 2011 - 2029 in place.

Despite it being four years late, there does not seem to be any urgency. Why does this matter? Take the example of a council in the Mendips, where the BBC reported in January 2014, that the lack of Local Plan meant, according to the local councillor who is in charge of planning, that some developers are “getting away” with building houses they might not have, were there a plan in place. “It is important that our Local Plan is examined and adopted as quickly as possible because this will give the council a much stronger hand in deciding where planning applications should be approved or refused,” he added.

In Eastleigh there is, of course, far more demand for homes than in the Mendips, so we have been left open to far more uncoordinated development without planning any improvements to roads, rail and bus services, schools and surgeries, pavements and cyclepaths.

New homes (10,360 in the draft plan)EBC_Local_Plan.jpg
Source: EBC

Housing crisis There is a housing crisis, but piecemeal development is not the way to solve it. Currently we have a Coalition government who stimulate demand for housing with ‘help-to-buy’ but at the same time build fewer homes than since the 1920s, meaning in popular places like Eastleigh, 1/. local people watch their children move away as they are not given priority (as they are in Labour-run Southampton) and, 2/. Local Authorities without a Local Plan in place, such as Mendip and Eastleigh, are pressured by developers they cannot refuse to accept unplanned development.

Don’t be Dense
Eastleigh is already far more crowded than most of the South East. In fact we have almost SIX times the density of Basingstoke!

There are 15.7 people per hectare living in Eastleigh. This is above both the South East and England and Wales population densities of 4.5 and 3.7 respectively. (Census 2011)

In Hampshire as a whole there is only 3.59 people per hectare, even urban districts like Basingstoke for example have only 2.66 people per hectare despite having a smaller land area than Eastleigh.

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Leigh Road Traffic

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