What do you guys think of these plans for Eastleigh’s new village at Allington? Replacing Allington lane with a small village?
The plans exist, but Keith House (Lib Dem Council Leader) suggests it is not going ahead. A signpost however has been erected which mentions a place called “Allington”. Local Lib Dem Councillors tell us the sign will be replaced as it has been put up in error. Allington Lane of course existed previously, but not really much of a destination named Allington.
I’ve attached the vision statement below, it even includes a new train station!
Some detail from the official document:
- “The site is set in a strategic location well related to Eastleigh town, Hedge End, and the villages of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, and Horton Heath. The site is well connected to Southampton (including West End village) and within easy reach of key strategic transport infrastructure in the area”.
- “It will utilise under-used rail capacity on the Eastleigh-Fareham railway line including improving links to Hedge End railway station and potentially enabling the future provision of a new railway station”
Full Eastleigh Borough Council Vision doc, which is a few years old:
This signpost sparked a huge debate on facebook, as it refers to a location called Allington, which no one locally had previously heard of:
Allington’s wikipedia page did come into existence in 2013.
The pertinent bits of the facebook conversation are below, with responses from Cllr Michelle Marsh, and Cllr Nick Couldrey.
As you can see there seems to be some conversation as to whether this development is going ahead or not, but it seems to be around the area of Horton Hearth Development for 2,500 new Homes!
Is it possible our Lib Dem led council are holding back on announcing the plans here until after changes to the local plan are announced in May, which conviniently seems to be after the local elections?
Evidence seems to suggest it is going ahead, though people are currently being told the opposite.