If you live in, or close to, Allbrook, Boyatt Wood, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Owslebury, Upham, Bishop’s Waltham, Colden Common, Chandler’s Ford, Highbridge, Brambridge, Twyford or Otterbourne, your life could be about to change for the worse. You should know that on 11 December 2017 Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) decided to pursue ‘options B and C’ for its Local Plan, hence approving plans for the development of 5,200 new houses and a major new link road north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak (view MAP here).
Anyone who witnessed EBC’s meeting on 11 December – and there were more than 800 there from the ADD community – will know that council leaders showed a total disregard for the facts and for due process when they chose options B and C.
That said, there is hope: the good news is that the decision and the way it was taken are so flawed that we have every chance of getting the plan overturned when it comes before a government inspector later this year.
- There is insufficient evidence to support the plan. Indeed, there are still 14 uncompleted studies waiting to be received – 37% of the total – including highly significant traffic, environmental and flooding assessments;
- It contradicts national planning guidelines in many important respects;
- The outcome was clearly pre-determined in advance, which is not allowed;
- Hampshire County Council (the Highway Authority) has written to EBC to express concern at the lack of supporting evidence;
- Winchester City Council, which must give planning permission for any changes on Highbridge Road (despite what Cllr House said), opposes the plan;
- Many powerful groups such as the Angling Trust, the Woodland Trust, the Campaign for Better Transport, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England are vehemently against it;
- The new road may be undeliverable as EBC has seriously underestimated the cost.
We have always known that the public inquiry would be the make or break point in our fight. We have also known that, in order to win, we will have to continue to raise the necessary funds to engage high quality professional advisers to take on the council and its own extensive list of consultants and lawyers.
So… if you are affected by Eastleigh’s plans, either directly or because you love the ancient woodlands and the glorious river and countryside that are threatened by these proposals, or because the estimated 26,000 extra daily vehicle movements will create road misery or simply because you loathe the injustice of it all, then we ask you to give money to the cause. TO DONATE, CLICK HERE NOW.
For a video on what is planned, click here.
As our video and the developers’ plans show, these devastating proposals would:
- Destroy much-loved, precious countryside, impacting a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation, seven sites of Ancient Natural Woodland and numerous Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation;
- Destroy the unique identity of each of your communities;
- Destroy your quality of life in many ways, including through increased traffic congestion and pressure on local services.
We are a campaign fighting to protect the future of these villages and surrounding areas. We believe EBC leaders have made a very bad decision, for the borough, ourselves and future generations, but we firmly believe we can stop their plan. We now need everyone’s help to do so. This is our moment to stand together. We must seize it.
If you value living in this area, and wish to protect it, please join our cause. DONATE NOW.