LETTERS From Tina Howell, Arreton:
OVER the last few years I have personally questioned the amount of housing development the IW Council has allowed within the towns of Sandown, Shanklin, Ryde, Newport, East Cowes, Cowes and Freshwater.
The infrastructure of the Island cannot sustain much more development and yet the council within its Core Strategy Plan (March 2012) proposed 520 dwellings should be created each year, with a total of 8,320 dwellings by 2027.
Now they are running out of land within the these towns they propose to build in our villages too, with a proposal for 980 dwellings through smaller-scale development at the Rural Service Centres and wider rural areas.
The Rural Service Centres are basically 11 villages being highlighted as suitable for development — Arreton, Bembridge, Brading, Brighstone, Godshill, Niton, Rookley, St Helens. Wootton, Wroxall and Yarmouth.
Where will it end before the whole of the Island becomes one huge housing estate and the village and rural communities that are such a huge part of this lovely Island completely disappear, along with the green fields and farming land that is also a core part of the Island.
Check out the planning section of the council’s website and look at the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to see what could be in the pipeline for your village.
Don’t think it won’t happen — there is already a proposal for 89 houses to be built in Arreton with another plot of land in the village being designated as developable.
So that rural village location you may have moved to won’t be so rural for much longer if the council, developers and local landowners have their way.