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MP presses ministers over housing in Eastleigh

February 5, 2015 11:58 PM

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has pressed for answers over the Government inspector's decision to overrule Borough Council's Local Plan and push for thousands more homes in Eastleigh.

Mike Thornton MP

Mike Thornton MP presses ministers over housing in Eastleigh

Eastleigh Borough Council's Local Plan, which outlines how the borough will develop over the next 15 years, was rejected last year by unelected and unaccountable Planning Inspector on the basis that more houses need to be built.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Eastleigh Mike Thornton questioned the Minister for Housing and Planning about the decision, saying that the Inspectorate refused to give adequate explanation of its reasons for insisting on additional housing.

It is believed that the Inspectorate wants around 7,000 more houses than the council's set targets, with around 5,000 in the next five years alone.

Mike asked the minister: "In my constituency, Eastleigh borough council is working hard to meet the desperate need for more housing while also protecting the precious green gaps between our towns and villages. Are the Secretary of State and the Minister aware that the inspectorate has overruled the borough council's local plan, which was based on all the evidence available, while refusing to give an adequate explanation of its reasons for insisting on the building of thousands more houses than the evidence has shown to be necessary?"

The minister agreed to talk to Mr Thornton.