Eastleigh housing plan a hot topic
19 February 2013 Last updated at 21:34 GMT
As Eastleigh in Hampshire prepares to go to the polls in a crucial by-election next week, a housing decision in Botley has become a hot topic between the main parties.
On Monday, plans to build 1,400 homes on Boorley Green were approved by Eastleigh's Liberal Democrat run borough council.
Now candidates in the by-election have found themselves caught up in the row.
BBC South's Political Editor Peter Henley reports.