PROVIDING affordable homes for young people on the Isle of Wight is among the aims of a review of the Isle of Wight’s core planning strategy, the Island Plan, the council’s leader has said.
The plan, which was approved in 2012, sets out key development strategies and outlines the areas of the Island suitable for development.
Isle of Wight Council leader, Cllr Dave Stewart, said: “Before the administration was elected, it was made clear to us by many residents that they felt the current planning strategy needed to be reviewed to reflect the changing economic environment in which we all now live and work.
“I am, therefore, really pleased we have been able to progress this piece of work as we promised we would do. I am particularly keen that we review our housing needs and put a greater priority on providing affordable homes for our young Islanders.”
He said they would be talking to developers, planning specialists and town and parish councillors.
Councillor Barry Abraham, cabinet member for planning and housing, said the review was likely to take 18 months.
“In the new year, we will also host a public consultation to better understand the thoughts and views of Islanders, before the revised plan is presented for likely adoption in 2019,” he said.