Monday, 11 July 2011
Local Lib Dems Misled Voters
Plans for nearly 200 flats in blocks of up to seven stories could still go ahead at Wildern Mill despite personal assurances by Lib Dem Council Leader Keith House. Writing in a Lib Dem Standpoint delivered to his own ward voters during the May elections he stated that it was now "impossible" for the massively unpopular development to go ahead.
Yet planning documents published on Eastleigh Borough Council's web site on 5th July show that the professional planners at the council are still counting the 184 flats in their calculations of how the borough can meet its housing needs. The "Strategic Land Availability Assessment" states that "The developer has started work on the site to maintain the validity of the planning permission. Site owner considering alternative uses."
So the truth is that the owners of the mill site could still decide to build the flats and if they do, the planning consent granted by the central government inspector against the wishes of the local councillors is still valid. That doesn't fit any reasonable definition of "impossible".