Bursledon, Southampton, UK
Bursledon is situated on the River Hamble, in Southampton, England within the Borough of Eastleigh. Nearby is the famous Hamble-le-Rice, which is a popular yachting location known across the world as the ‘Heart of British Yachting’ (BA Yacht Club). It is also renowned for being an aircraft training centre during the Second World War. Bursledon has a railway station, a marina and dockyards which are located close to the site.
Bursledon is located 15 miles from Portsmouth and is only 15 minutes drive from BAA Southampton International Airport which serves 43 international destinations. Nearly 2 million passengers pass through the airport each year both for business and pleasure, and it provides employment for 1,300 people in the local area.
Bursledon Railway Station serves the surrounding towns and is on the West Coastway Line. There are rail links to Southampton city centre every 10 minutes and to London Waterloo every 20 minutes.
Southampton is a city rich with heritage and is the home port to some of the world’s top ocean liners and cruise ships. It is also one of Britain’s busiest cargo docks.
Our Planning Department Comments
- The site falls within the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan Review (2001-2011) – adopted in May 2006.
- The local plan is in the process of being replaced by the new style LDF (Local Development Framework). The latest published timeline is for the Core Strategy to be adopted in late 2011 and a Site Specific Allocation Document a year later.
- The South East Plan in its latest form recommended that Eastleigh Borough provides at least 7,080 additional dwellings in 2006-2026. This is one of the few districts with a recommended increase above the council’s original submission. Whilst the SE Plan has now been withdrawn, this demonstrates the general acceptance of Eastleigh as a good location to accomodate further development.
- The Local Plan identifies the site as within the strategic gap, however the Secretary of State has decided that the strategic gaps policy should be deleted as it was not in accordance with national development guidelines. Formal removal of the strategic gap should follow in due course.
- The site is not subject to greenbelt policy or any other landscape or ecological designation such as AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest) or SINC (Site of Interest for Nature Conservation).
- Eastleigh Borough Council has acknowledged that by 2012 they will have insufficient sites to supply the area’s housing needs and by 2017 the shortfall will be 1,360 houses.
- In addition to this, there is a requirement for a further 1,600 houses by 2026 – hence the council must allocate a significant amount of additional land beyond that which they have already identified.
- Major housebuilders Barratt Homes and Taylor Wimpey control a sizeable amount of land to the east and north east of our site and Taylor Wimpey have identified Bursledon as an area ripe for development