900-home Ryde plan unveiled

By Martin Neville

Published on Friday, January 25, 2013 - 08:46


900-home Ryde plan unveiled

An artist’s impression of the layout of the 900-home Pennyfeathers scheme on the outskirts of Ryde.

PLANS for the largest housing scheme ever conceived on the Isle of Wight can today (Friday) be revealed by the County Press.

An outline application has been lodged with County Hall planners, which could see more than 900 homes built over ten years on the outskirts of Ryde, in a new community complete with its own school, shops and industry.

The enormous scale of the proposed 'village’ on 130 acres of land between Westridge Garage, Busy Bee Garden Centre and Smallbrook, is revealed in the Pennyfeathers plan.

At its heart are 904 new homes supported by a infrastructure, including new roads, healthcare, sport and community facilities.

Under the scheme, the days of Smallbrook Junction being one of only two rail stations in the country not accessible by road or foot could end, with plans to upgrade the station with park-and-ride facilities and cycle and pedestrian links to Ryde.

Brading Road would be transformed into a tree-lined boulevard of new industrial and commercial units, while a landmark building would be constructed at the Westridge Cross junction housing a community centre with a GP and dentist surgery.

Westridge Garage would be moved further along Brading Road to new premises in order to accommodate the community centre.

The outline application has been lodged by Pennyfeathers Property Company Ltd, a company set up by a group of investors and developers.

The submission is likely to provoke renewed opposition to the plans — which have been six years in the making — proving highly controversial in the past, sparking an online petition and the formation of a campaign group, Ryde Against Pennyfeathers.

Objections have centred on the loss of a 'green corridor’ and that enough houses can be provided on Ryde brownfield sites.

The planning blueprint, the Island Plan, requires 2,100 new homes to be built in Ryde before 2027 and planning consultant, Glen Hepburn, said Pennyfeathers would fulfil 40 per cent of that need.

For more on the plans see today's Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, January 25.

Programme of works

Phase 1
•   306 homes, including 121 social homes (assisted housing)
•   Land made available for 420-pupil school
•   Cycle path extension
•   Two full-sized football pitches, with changing facilities
•   Footbridge over railway line
•   Energy centre
•   Smallbrook Lane and Great Preston  
     Road junction improved 
•   Enhanced tree planting
•   Brading Road and Cothey Way  'boulevard’
•   Laying out of industrial units
•   Central open space
•   Children’s play areas
•   Mini recycling centre for bottles, metal, paper and textiles.
•   Smallbrook Bridge realignment

Phase 2
•   52 private homes
•   Additional planting
•   Play areas
•   Cycleway underpass

Phase 3
•   204 homes, including 76 social homes
•   Five acres of landscaped open space
•   Railway platform access and park and ride car park
•   Children’s play areas

Phase 4
•   226 homes, of which 79 will be social homes
•   2,350 sq metres of commercial space
•   New Westridge Garage
•   Improvements to Westridge Cross junction
•   Community centre
•   Play areas

Phase 5
•   116 homes, of which 40 will be social
•   Further five acres of landscaped open space to northwest of Smallbrook Bridge
•   Landscaping
•   Play areas

• Full details of the plan in the Friday, January 25, County Press.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk


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