Eastleigh Borough Council is heading towards the adoption of its local Plan – that is the summary of a report noting progress on the examination of its Local Plan (2016-2036) to be considered on 29 March by the Council’s Cabinet.
The Plan sets out the policies to guide future development within the Borough. The policies in the Plan are a principal way in which the Council shapes and plans for the places where people live, work and visit.
The Council has worked closely with the Inspector and is confident that all the issues raised by the Inspector have now been addressed or can be addressed through main modifications, subject to the Council and Inspector reviewing the main modifications consultation responses.
The further evidence requested by the Inspector includes updates on housing supply, an affordable housing assessment, delivery of employment land and the Chickenhall Lane Link Road together with stronger evidence and a clearer and more robust justification for proposed gaps between settlements.
Council Leader Cllr Keith House said, “The Council will be able to adopt the Local Plan later this year but can already give the Plan real weight in decision-making. This gives maximum protection to countryside sites around the Borough and the green lungs between our communities”.
Following consideration by Cabinet and, subject to approval by Full Council on 27 May, further public consultation will take place on these changes (only) in June/July 2021.