of these Planning proposals for consultation can be viewed at the Council Offices.
In particular we refer your attention to Option B. page 32 of the Proposed Draft local plan, & The Stoke Residents Association opposition to these proposals.
We are opposing Options B & C of the Council's Draft Proposed Local Plan on the grounds that Eastleigh Borough Council, and Ward Councillors have ignored the substantial opposition of local residents to this Draft Proposed Local Plan. Further, that we consider the Council has failed to take proper account of its own sustainability and transport assessments by including both Options B. & C. to the North East of Stoke Common in their Proposed Draft Forward Planning.
Letters to the Editor regarding Options B. & C. from local residents, having viewed Eastleigh Borough Councils Draft Local Plan can be viewed on our (Letters Page)
The Planning department of E.B.C. will now consider all replies & submissions that they have received to the Councils Proposed Draft Forward Plans, and in due course will submit their final draft proposals to the Cabinet of E.B.C. for their approval or amendment: a final version is expected to be published later in the year; hopefully by September. The Councils final Proposed Draft Forward Plans, will then have to be submitted to a Government Inspector for endorsement or rejection: it is unlikely, therefore, that The Eastleigh Forward Plan will be finalised & in place until mid 2017 at the earliest.
In the interim time all development in the Borough will likely be led by avaricious, land-grabbing developers, & greedy land owners, who will be able to ignore the decisions of E.B.C. Planners, and a hapless Borough Council, by applying directly to the Government Inspector to build, and in most instances their applications will be met with approval, simply because no Forward Local Plan is in place, after three submissions over a period of 15 years!!!!
What can you
do about this situation
Make your voice & opinions heard: join, your local Residents Association. Look for information and updates upon the Stoke Residents Association web site, and their Facebook page. Lastly, in May/June of this year, certain wards in the Borough will be holding elections for Councillors: you, therefore, have an opportunity to make your voice heard at the ballot box. The Stoke Residents Association is a none politically based organisation, ..................... the choice is yours!
Following the public consultation phase, we are feeling that Eastleigh Borough Council and Bishopstoke Parish Council did not do enough to ensure that all local residents knew about Options B and C. We produced leaflets and worked hard to rectify this situation, but we are concerned that not all our local representatives are keen to support their electorate’s views.
The 5th Of May Is Decision Day.
On the 5th of May, residents of Eastleigh Borough go to the Polls to Elect both Parish & Borough Councillors, in certain Wards of the Borough: elections for both Parish & Borough Councillors: elections will be contested in the Bishopstoke Ward, and for the first time in many years these elections will be crucial in deciding policy matters of Planning within the Bishopstoke ward, and whether Options B. & C. of the Proposed Forward Local Plan, to build 4700 new homes, and a new link road across the the Fair Oak, Bishopstoke to Allbrook flood plain, will be carried forward as one of the Preferred Options under the draft of the Proposed Local Plan. In short, the Borough Council candidates elected on the 5th of May will either endorse or reject Options B. & C. as a preferred option to be carried forward as policy by the Council, and whether “the majority voice of local residents will be heard”, and option B. & C. opposed.
The Stoke Residents Association is a none political body, and as such will only report the true facts running up to these elections, and the likely consequences resulting from candidate’s pre-election policy statements and publicity.
would ask of the residents of
Bishopstoke is to view all
candidates, as we do, on a none
political party basis, and to
caste their votes for candidates
whom they genuinely believe will
represent & reflect the best
interest of Bishopstoke
residents, and the community of
Bishopstoke. It is noted that
several independent candidates
have put themselves forward in
Bishopstoke Central, Bishopstoke
East, and Bishopstoke North
West, in the Parish elections;
an apparent effort to achieve a
more balanced Parish Council,
which will hopefully better
reflect the wants & needs of
Bishopstoke residents in the
Whilst a more balanced Parish Council would be welcomed, the outcome of the elections for Borough Councillors in the Bishopstoke Wards is of far greater importance, with regard to future planning matters in Bishopstoke, building development, and the outcome of the Proposed Local Plan. We would urge the residents of Bishopstoke, therefore, to very carefully evaluate the history of all candidates, both past and present, and vote on the 5th of May to ensure that the unique ‘village ambiance, and beautiful countryside surrounding Bishopstoke’ is maintained and preserved in the future, together with improved services and a better service infrastructure, and that our councilors are brought to account to the residents of Bishopstoke in their policy making: in short we need to see less party politics and more decisions reflecting local residents: their wants and needs!
asked all of those nominated for
Bishopstoke Wards in the Borough
elections, for their stance
regarding Options B. & C. of the
Proposed Local Plan, & we will
publish responses, if and when
we receive them upon our News
Link to Listings of nominated candidates for the Parish elections: Bishopstoke Wards.
Link to Listings of nominated candidates for the Borough elections: Bishopstoke Wards.
Link to pre-election Manifesto letters as supplied by each candidate.
Hang Your Heads In Shame E.B.C, & Bishopstoke Parish Council Planners
for agreeing to this!! (Bellway -Stoke Park Farm development Bishopstoke)
(Comments, photographs and statements contained within this video, have been supplied to the editor by Bishopstoke residents, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Stoke Residents Association.)
The deadline for public consultation was at 5pm 17th February - so many, many thanks to everyone who submitted their representations to EBC. And thanks to everybody who has been distributing leaflets for us, sharing posts, talking to neighbours, attending meetings and struggling through mud carrying a placard! We believe that all of our efforts might make a difference and get Options B., C. and the north Bishopstoke bypass idea removed from the Local Plan. Bishopstoke Parish Council have submitted objections to Options B and C - we are pleased about that. More on their submission follows.
We think one possible way forward would be to form a coalition of objectors to act as one campaign group. It would be fantastic if Parish Councillors got involved now their views are clearer. Post a reply to the SRA web site letters page or upon the SRA. Facebook page, and let us know what you think.
Consultation Representation from Stoke Residents’ Association to Eastleigh Local Plan 2011-2036 Issues and Options document, appraisals and assessments:
Consultation Representation from Stoke Residents’ Association
The SRA. 'Alternative Development Option A1’ can be found upon the following link, and is in PDF. format:
The SRA. 'Alternative Development Option A1