Against the proposed building of 6000 homes in the rural landscape

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BPAG is campaigning to stop inappropriate development
in Botley and the surrounding area.

Eastleigh Borough Council has failed to maintain a 5 year housing supply, and has agreed to grant planning permission for 1400 houses to be built on the Botley Park Golf Course and the adjacent farmland at Boorley Green, Botley.

This is the largest development within Eastleigh Borough for 25 years, but the planning safeguards which provide an independent examination by a Government Inspector at a formal Examination in public have been denied.

This site has been overwhelmingly opposed by the parishioners of Botley and Botley Parish Council, their transport, water sewerage and infrastructure concerns have not been addressed, and better options for development for the benefit of Eastleigh borough overall have been ignored.

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Newsflash
23 Mar 2014

BPAG submits response to
Draft Local Plan consultation

BPAG response March 2014

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BPAG has submitted its response to the Draft Local Plan consultation.

The consultation closes at 17:00 Monday 24th March, and this is the one that counts.

In EBC's consultation process, all previous inputs will be ignored.

But for this one, EBC must forward all responses for examination by the Government's Independent Inspector.

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Newsflash
29 Jan 2014

BPAG Files for Judicial Review

On 8 January 2014, BPAG applied to the High Court for a Judicial Review of Eastleigh Borough Council’s grant of planning permission for 1400 houses to be built on the Botley Park Golf Course and adjacent farmland.

The decision to file for Judicial Review was made following a positive report from a barrister that BPAG had engaged at the UK's premier planning Chambers, Landmark Chambers.

In a survey conducted by Botley Parish Council, 98% of responses supported a judicial review, and BPAG and BPC are now working together to pursue the action.

However, a Judicial Review is costly, and we urgently need to raise about £25,000 in order to proceed.

WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL HELP NOW

This action is intended to benefit the whole community of Botley Parish and the surrounding areas, and we urgently need your contributions please.

You can deposit what you can afford to: Lloyds Bank, Hedge End Branch

  • Account name: Botley Parish Action Group
  • Account number: 00915051
  • Sort Code: 30-13-95

Then please e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm the amount and your name and address.

Alternatively you can send a cheque, payable to "Botley Parish Action Group", and endorse on the back with your name and address and the words "Judicial Review".
Send this to BPAG Treasurer, 5, Falcon Way, Botley, Southampton SO32 2TE.

It is important that we can track all funds and donors so that any money remaining in the Fund at the end of the Judicial Review can be returned on a percentage basis.

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Newsflash
19 Feb 2013

Botley Fights On !!
Despite EBC approving the biggest
greenfield development in over 25 years
Botley won't be ignored

Tuesday 19th Feb Botley Parish Council voted on to utilise £5,000 to begin the fight, to consult with a top Planning Barrister, who will consider the chances of a successful legal challenge. Two working groups have been set up to lead the initiative. This action is with the full support of Durley and Curdridge Parish councils, whose residents will also be dreadfully impacted by this flawed decision.

In the media: Botley continues the fight... Link

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Newsflash
18 Feb 2013

Eastleigh Borough Council
Fails Botley !!

EBC (HEWEB) approves 1400 homes on greenfield at Botley

BPAG presn 18 Feb 2013

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the presentation

Following 5 hours of debate Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Committee (HEWEB), a sub committee of Eastleigh Borough Council approved an application for 1400 homes at Boorley Green, Botley, on a greefireld site (80% mature golf course and the remainder high grade agricultural land).

HEWEB ignored the many strong reasons against the site including sustainability, social and air quality issues, lack of employment etc, raised by over 15 opposition speakers, including BPAG. Only 2 speakers (the developers and Eastleigh housing agent) spoke for the developoment.

e.g. The plan includes the need to use huge cess pits due to inadequite sewage provision which will need to be pumped out overnight and trucked away.this may be appropriate for a small group of houses but is it really appropriate for this development?

It was very clear the debate was a sham and the decision had already been made, it clearly stinks!!

Botley's own Eastleigh Councillor, Cathy Fraser, shamefully did not uphold her promise to the electorate and abstained from the vote. Botley's other Eastleigh Councillor Rupert Kyle voted against the application but was a lone voice.

BPAG presentation to HEWEB 18 Feb 2013: Link

In the media: report of planning decision in local press Link

These were the key points in BPAG's presentation:

  1. Eastleigh council attempted to justify their decision because they have to address their own failure to provide an adequate housing supply and they did not have a current valid and viable Local Plan. The Local Plan is stalled because the Woodhouse Lane site has been refused by Hampshire County Council (HCC) who owns the land and the Local plan has to be redrafted. Despite the Leader of HCC informing the EBC Chief Executive Officer, over a year ago that he did not support the sale of the Woodhouse Lane site. EBC continued to ignore the situation for over a year and continued with a plan that included this site, thus delaying the provision of a local plan and addressing the 5 year housing supply.
  2. Eastleigh Council is the promoter, the judge and jury of this site and this cannot be deemed as democratic
  3. An independent review of the Draft Local Plan is the democratic method of dealing with developments of this size. By circumventing the independent review, both the Council and the developers have avoided this safeguard, probably because they know their case is flawed and would fail.
  4. Two top planning barristers’ letters have been sent to Eastleigh Borough Council indicating they believe the decision, if legally challenged, would not be viewed to be legal and would be overturned.
  5. The site will do nothing to regenerate Eastleigh Town Centre which is a major commitment of the Council. The selection of Botley will prevent the ability to build at Allington Lane site, which is critical to the success of regeneration.
  6. The selection of the Boorley Green site will prejudice and predetermine the sitting of all other developments in the draft Eastleigh Local plan to this side of the Borough.
  7. Eastleigh Council’s own top Planning officer does not support this site and EBC’s own studies show it is not the most sustainable site.

These points were expanded on by many of the other speakers.

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Newsflash
3 Feb 2013

A BIG THANK YOU !

BPAG PR 2 Feb 2013

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the document

A very big thank you from the BPAG committee to everyone who attended or helped with the protest march yesterday, which was an excellent event!

Attendance has been reported as over 600 people, making it one of the biggest public demonstrations ever seen in Eastleigh, and sending a strong message to every Councillor involved in this issue.

The BPAG press release is attached, and the Daily Echo has a video here.

Media also reported EBC as saying in response that they have conducted “extensive public consultation” on this housing development. But EBC omits to say, of course, that the consultation responses show very sound and overwhelming objections, which Councillors are choosing to ignore.

The next event is 18th February when Councillors will decide on the planning application - more on that later.

Thanks again to everyone for yesterday.

BPAG protest 2 Feb 2013
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Newsflash
30 Jan 2013

Details for Protest March
12 noon Saturday 2nd Feb 2013

Diversion 2 Feb 2013

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Botley Parish Action Group, supported by Botley Parish Council:

"Community protest against the over development of Botley and
the impact on local transport and the surrounding communities".

A protest march from Botley Centre to Botley Square:

  1. ROAD CLOSURE - Botley High Street will be CLOSED from 11.45am - 12.45pm this Saturday.
  2. TRAFFIC DIVERSION - The main diversion will be via Woodhouse Lane and Winchester Street - see attached map. Traffic at the Maypole Roundabout will also be encouraged to use Woodhouse Lane while the High Street is closed.
  3. PARKING - You are strongly advised to park early, away from the diversion route, and walk to the start at Botley Centre. The usual parking is available at the Dolphin and Mortimer Road car parks, but will not be accessible from the High Street during the road closure. Further parking (60 cars at owners risk) is also available at Woodhill School / Masonic Hall in Brook Lane (just off the A334, 100 yards from the Botley Centre).
  4. AT THE BOTLEY CENTRE - Please gather in the play park area, away from the road and Centre car park.
  5. THE MARCH - Will start at 12 noon, and move off towards Botley Square.
  6. RE-OPENING THE ROAD - Shortly after reaching Botley Square, you will be asked to disperse, using the pavements so that the High Street can be re-opened with minimum disruption. This cannot be done until it is safe, but should be by 12.45pm.

Media are expected to attend, and we hope you will make every effort to support this demonstration.

Building 1700 houses would overwhelm Botley - and far exceeds the Local Need.

Please encourage friends and neighbours to come along too.

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Newsflash
12 January 2013

Save Botley from massive over-development.
It's time to make a stand!

We have 2 important dates for your diary to ensure that Botley is developed to meet local needs and complementary to our communities.

In February 2013 Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) will be accepting or rejecting the Boorley Green planning application for 1400 houses on the golf course and surrounding farmland.

If the application is approved by EBC:

  • Boorley Green site will not be assessed by the independent government Inspector as part of the local plan. This will deprive the community of the opportunity for the facts to be reviewed without prejudice
  • There will be nothing further we will be able to do without proceeding to judicial review.

Approval MUST NOT be given by EBC to this application. This is the most critical juncture to date, of our 4 year fight against the development.

Please make every effort to support both the below dates.

SATURDAY, 2nd FEBRUARY 2013 - 12 Noon

On Saturday 2nd February, there will be a protest march against the planned development, and the impact it will have on Botley and the surrounding areas of Horton Heath, Hedge End, Durley and Curdridge. The protest is supported by Botley Parish Council.

Please meet at the Botley Centre at 11.55, to proceed through Botley High Street at noon, and disperse at Winchester Road end of Botley Square.

There will be TV cameras and press covering the march. It is extremely important everyone makes the effort to attend to make this a successful statement and obtain important publicity.

To achieve the maximum effect we need 300-500 participants. Please do not leave it to someone else to turn up. Bring all of your family. Tell your neighbours and friends... we need all of you!!

This will take only an hour of your time, which is a short investment to save our communities from the huge developments planned for Botley.

We have not asked you to participate in a protest before because we needed to choose our moment to make the most impact. This is it!!

MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2013 at 7pm

On Monday 18 February EBC will be deciding on your behalf whether to approve the planning application for Boorley Green of 1400 houses on the golf course and surrounding farmland.

The decision will be made by 13 Eastleigh councillors at the HEWEB LAC meeting (Hedge End, West End and Boorley Local Area Committee) - 7 councillor for three Hedge End wards, 4 for two West End Wards, and 2 for the Botley Ward.

The meeting will be held at 7pm at:

Kings Community Church (next to Hedge End Golf Driving Range near M27, Junction 7)

Upper Northam Road, Hedge End SO30 4BB.

Please make every effort to attend this meeting to show your opposition for this flawed proposal.

Please make a stand now! This may be our last chance!

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