PLANS for a new boarding house at Ryde School have been recommended for approval — despite concerns the building would be too large and overbearing.

Residents have complained about the size, scale and siting of the proposed three-storey building and claim it would be out of character with the surrounding area.

Objections have been lodged by Ryde Town Council, which has warned the building will overlook neighbouring properties and cause 'significant harm' to the Ryde Conservation Area.

The school is surrounded by listed buildings and protected trees, although the Isle of Wight Council's ecology and conservation officers have not raised any objections.

Officers have advised the school site is screened by trees and any impact on the surrounding, largely residential area would be minimal.

Although the building would be visible from the pier, officers say say it would 'assimilate sympathetically' into Ryde's existing land and seascape.

In addition to the boarding house, the school has applied to replace its netball courts, widen pedestrian and vehicle access to the site from Spencer Road and carry out landscaping works including new paths and planting.

Ryde School claims the additional boarding provision would ensure its long term future, enabling it to compete in a 'very competitive' market with similar private school on the mainland.

The revised application, submitted after a previous application was refused, is due to go before the Isle of Wight Council's planning committee next Tuesday, March 13.

Officers have recommended it is granted conditional approval.