Campaign to Protect Rural England: Options B and C “are SO unsuitable for development”


ADD UPDATE, 1 September 2017: At Eastleigh Borough Council’s full council meeting on 20 July, representatives from environmental groups, local community groups and elected bodies all spoke AGAINST the council’s preferred proposal for its emerging Local Plan, namely a monster housing sprawl (5,200 new homes) and a major new road north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak and south of Colden Common, Owslebury and Upham (its options B and C).

As we return from our summer break, ADD is publishing what these representatives said about options B and C, so that everyone can clearly understand the arguments against them. As we have stated all along, we are fighting for an evidence-based Local Plan for Eastleigh and will continue this struggle until we have won. 

In this post, we publish the statement made by Caroline Dibden, vice chairman of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)’s Hampshire branch. As Caroline said, the council’s favoured proposal is on “an area which is SO unsuitable for development. Of all the options, it is:

  • the least sustainable
  • it will require a new road upon which to hang the housing
  • it will damage a world class highly protected chalk river
  • it has the lowest light pollution
  • it is the furthest from the rail network
  • it is the furthest from access to employment
  • it is furthest from Southampton – for which it is purported to be needed to provide housing
  • and it is quite simply the most unspoilt and attractive landscape in the borough.”

To read the full statement (two pages), click here.  

Other reading:

Council notes way forward for Emerging Local Plan – 21 July 2017

‘Grotesque act of eco-vandalism’, Chris Packham attacks plans, Daily Mail – 24 July 2017

Eastleigh councillors quit over plans to build thousands of homes near ancient woodland in Fair Oak, Hampshire Chronicle – 16 August 2017