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Communities Secretary approves 680-home new neighbourhood for Eastleigh

Published: Thursday, 8th December 2016

Javid allows appeal for a sustainable development near Eastleigh, concluding that the adverse impacts of the scheme do not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the identified benefits…

Outline proposals for a new sustainable neighbourhood of up to 680 new homes on land north west of Boorley Green near Eastleigh, Hampshire, originally refused by the borough council have been approved by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The inspector who held the recovered inquiry had recommended the scheme should proceed.

The 45-hectare site is close to a Botley Park Hotel and golf course which has outline planning permission for 1,400 new homes and a local centre.

The scheme in question, proposed by a consortium; Gleeson Developments Ltd, Miller Homes and Welbeck Land, included provision for a two-form primary school, community facilities, a local centre and recreational activities. Some 35 per cent of the housing was proposed as affordable.

Javid’s decision letter noted that the council’s development plan policies for the supply of housing were out-of-date and that the planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

The Secretary of State acknowledged that the development of the site would harm the landscape and result in the loss of countryside, but he considered that this should be tempered by the very limited impact on views from outside the site and its immediate surroundings.

Javid’s letter went on to conclude that “the adverse impacts would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the identified benefits when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole. He therefore considers that planning permission should be granted.”

Read the decision letter.

Roger Milne