Arreton residents out in force to fight homes plan

By Jon Moreno

Sunday, February 9, 2014

 

VILLAGERS were united in their opposition to a revised 40-house scheme for Arreton at a packed public meeting on Wednesday.

The revised planning application for to develop land at Hazely Combe was submitted by Laurie Calloway to the Isle of Wight Council in December.

His previous application to build 89 homes, submitted to planners a year ago, had sparked fierce opposition and it was subsequently refused.

The only changes to the revised plans are the numbers of homes in question — 35 houses and five bungalows, ranging from one bedroomed to five-bedroomed properties.

"The issues remain the same — nothing has changed," said Pat Prince, of Main Road, Arreton, at the meeting of Arreton Parish Council, held at the village community centre.

"The properties are awful in design, all in a cramped area and there is a flood risk with the worsening weather we’ve been having in recent times. Forty properties is too many. Let’s get this stopped."

A letter written by Mr Calloway, who is currently abroad, was read at the meeting.

He said he hoped the application would get a fair airing and would be positively received.

John Langley, chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said Arreton did not have the amenities to cater for so many extra residents.

Councillors, all resident in Arreton, unanimously rejected the plan.

Parish council chairman, Cllr Mick Thirkettle, stressed issues with drainage and sewage management from the proposed site and a lack of demand for larger properties in the village were also material considerations to oppose the plans.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by T Rollingsworth

11th February 2014, at 16:53:13

Maybe if they just shout "Not on my laaaand" enough, they will simply scare away developers? I mean, that's about as logical as half these arguments get.

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by T Rollingsworth

11th February 2014, at 16:53:08

Maybe if they just shout "Not on my laaaand" enough, they will simply scare away developers? I mean, that's about as logical as half these arguments get.

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by david wright

11th February 2014, at 15:32:42

The problem with development of any beautiful area is the people who already live there dont want their village 'spoiled'

It is not development they are against it is development in THEIR village.

Whilst the usual suspects will decry developers and wail the Island is being destroyed at no point would they offer to demolish their beautiful home in the countryside and return it to its natural state.

No matter how you look at it opposing development is like being King Canute but stupider if thats a word!

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by T Rollingsworth

10th February 2014, at 19:34:40

By "affordable" I was getting more at the fact that battling against the "home for life" scheme would mean I would have to put in an offer a *lot* higher than them.

For example, say I see a 3-4 bed house I love at 200k, under the home for life scheme, some pensioner can pick that up for 80k. Lets say I really love it and offer 220 then all they have to do is find another 8k to match me. The agent and seller don't care as they get the full value regardless, yet I would be out the bid because some old person feels the need to have several spare bedrooms.

There is a lack of family homes in the 100-150k market if I do a quick look on Zoopla, and a great number of the houses in my search have been listed for over 6 months (Something wrong?), or are "investments" (i.e. Tennants)

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 17:42:03

Affordable for working people Stephen who work/live in the south.

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by Stephen Elliott

10th February 2014, at 17:35:23

What is affordable?

Affordable because mother n father provide a generous deposit!

Affordable because there is a joint income of £50-60k!

Affordable because you have inherited a deposit!

People need to understand that affordable is according to the value they put on things. The moment a house comes on the market at £100-150k it's snapped up by yet another investor and not a local who wants to work hard for their house!

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 16:57:23

The island's house prices are very cheap compared to the ones on the south coast on the mainland such as Brighton, Bournemouth etc. I have always said the house prices on the island on average are very affordable.

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by T Rollingsworth

10th February 2014, at 15:51:57

However, I should note that I dont necessarily support this development. It's a stupid location for it. Ideally expanding on the back of Pan would seem more logical, surely.

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by T Rollingsworth

10th February 2014, at 15:50:48

I find it funny that a lot of the people that oppose these plans are the people responsible for the need for more family homes. Irony...

Look on rightmove for a 2-3 bedroom home in Newport/Cowes in a "reasonable" price range that doesn't need a ton of work doing to it and has parking. I have been looking for months and found nothing - and the estate agent assures me that he currently has others who are also in this situation. Of course the house price boom hasn't helped.

But the reason I can't find anything is that several of the 3 bedroom houses I looked at were snapped up before I could even view them by people over 60 under the home for life plan. Greedy pensioners buying houses bigger than they ever need for 40% of the value. How can I possible compete with that?

Without affordable, family homes professionals like me will just move away, and the people who barely pay tax/retired will be all that holds up the IW economy.

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 12:39:02

Reading many comments and articles on this website alone has made me see that no-one on the island is very happy at all, why? If the council or other businesses build it is a waste of money and locals hate it...it they do nothing it is the same... it remind me if the Goldilocks and the three bears... without any being just right! I will ask this again, what do the people expect?

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