Thursday, 22 June 2017

Who will defend Hedge End's green spaces?

Defending Green Spaces
"Local Lib Dems have broken their promises to defend our green spaces. The council's first defence against unwanted development is a Local Plan, and the Lib Dems have failed to come up with an agreed local plan.

It is likely the Lib Dems will combine with the Tories on the County Council to sell the fields opposite Hilliers in Woodhouse Lane for housing. If this goes ahead it is vital there is a watertight development brief which protects the important nature sites- Bottom Copse to the south and woodland and hedgerows to the west and north.

When Woodhouse Lane is widened for the long-promised Botley by-pass there must be adequate protection for Bottom Copse, a designated site of importance for nature conservation (SINC)."

The Lib Dem plan is now six years out of date
It is fair to say I have blogged quite a lot about defending green spaces as the local Lib Dems have struggled and failed to come up with an agreed local plan. Experience shows that once a green field is designated for development in the local plan, there is very little residents can do to object to planning applications on the site

Here is a previous blog post about the threat to Bottom Copse:

And an earlier post about the Conservative flip-flop to please the Lib Dems:

In the coming days I will explain a little more about why it is OK to vote Labour in Hedge End and why we need proper honesty and transparency from our council, but in the meantime if you live in Grange Park and have any questions, do use the comments facility of this blog or email me at

(This blog post is published and promoted on behalf of Keith Day, Eastleigh Labour Party, 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh)

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