Standing up for our Communities

Our local communities have suffered terribly from overdevelopment and too much housing being built without sufficient local facilities and infrastructure. 

For over a decade, there has been an tireless drive by Lib Dem controlled Eastleigh Borough Council to build thousands of new homes on our precious green spaces. The character of our towns and villages has changed substantially with large-scale housing developments which have often been put in against the wishes of residents and local communities.  This housing has often gone up quickly but the community infrastructure has been slow to appear. We now have a situation where local transport links, health services and schools are overstretched and struggling to keep up with demand. 

I'm committed to Standing up for our Communities against this overdevelopment and fighting for better local services. We all recognise that housing does need to be built, but we must do it sustainably. We must take into account the effect that large scale developments have on our local communities and we must also take into account the amount of housing that has been built already before approving any more development. 

This is why I am campaigning to:

  • Scrap the unwanted Local Plan put forward by the Liberal Democrats and replace it with a sustainable plan instead.
  • Reject the sprawling development of 2,400 homes on greenfields at One Horton Heath, which is being put forward by the local council.
  • Regenerate our town centre and use the brownfield sites in and around central Eastleigh to meet future housing demand.
  • Install the community infrastructure we need before allowing any more new homes to be built.

News

New law needed to check Council Developments like One Horton Heath

Yesterday I proposed a new law to Parliament that would put extra checks and balances in place for Council housing developments like One Horton Heath. It simply cannot be right for Councils to award themselves planning permission, build out new houses and then keep the profits. 

Paul provides an update on One Horton Heath

This video provides a short update on the One Horton Heath, which is a development of 2,500 homes put forward by Lib Dem Eastleigh Borough Council.

I'm opposed to this development for several reasons:

GE Aviation Application rejected - Hamble Lane protected

I was very pleased to receive the news today that the Planning Application for the GE Aviation site on Kings Avenue/Hamble Lane has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector after the developers appealed the original decision.

Eastleigh local housing plan in tatters

Holmes challenges Council for misleading public on ‘flawed plan’

Paul Holmes, Conservative MP for Eastleigh has challenged Eastleigh Borough Council Leader for misleading the public on Eastleigh’s draft local plan.

Holmes said: