Bembridge to hold village referendum

By Emily Pearce

Saturday, June 21, 2014


A REFERENDUM will be held in Bembridge, in a bid to give the community greater influence on development in the village.

Residents will have the opportunity to vote on the Bembridge Neighbourhood Development Plan (BNDP), which sets out local policy for dealing with planning applications. If it wins enough support, the neighbourhood plan will be incorporated into Isle of Wight Council planning policy.

The council executive agreed last Tuesday to a referendum, likely to be held on July 24. It will be funded by a £20,000 government grant.

Policies in the plan include supporting marine development, open spaces and affordable homes for younger families.

The executive also agreed to adopt the Niton and Whitwell Parish Plan — another scheme aimed at increasing local control over planning policy — as a supplementary planning document, to be incorporated into the wider Island Plan.

Executive member for planning Cllr Jonathan Bacon said: "A neighbourhood plan is more complex than a parish plan. The Bembridge neighbourhood plan is the first to come to this stage in the wider South England area. It’s a major milestone in IW planning policy.

"This shows how communities can grasp the nettle and create planning policy when, in the past, we have heard they feel they have no influence or control over planning policy."


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by George Hollett

23rd June 2014, at 17:14:00

Is there any land left in Bembridge to still develop? Even gardens have had houses built on them! I know Bembridge very well indeed & it is a shame to see what it has turned into. It used to be a lovely little village. Now it's just full of second homes...bad news all round I feel...

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by alan naylor

22nd June 2014, at 18:32:16

Their will be a lot of people pokking holes in the air with their finger and then they will BUILD THATS DEMOCRACY

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by Don Prescott

22nd June 2014, at 09:43:08

Grudging agreement is better than none I suppose, but consider this.
The Ventnor Town Council, for whom you have fulsome praise, through the IW Council, have been given an asset worth upwards of £400K.
Now we hear that Riverside Centre is to be given to some "community" group" at a peppercorn rent.
Indeed, one tenant organisation was asked "How many peppercorns do you have?".
"None" was the reply.
"Ah well, don't worry about it" said the Council, "we can live with that, as the council tax payers will fund it for you".

It is becoming increasing clear that IWCouncil cannot even afford the redundancy payments for those who they would wish to sack.

There is no money for essentials, yet these fools are giving away properties to unproductive and non-rent paying organisations for no reason other than to make themselves look good and charitable with our money.

I think Jack was being ironic!

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by David Blackford

22nd June 2014, at 07:59:48

Good point Jack - I wonder how many second homes there are on this Island - They bring in no money to the local economy - they all shop at TESCO etc

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by Jack Woodford

21st June 2014, at 22:37:36

Bembridge residents to get more of a say in development in the village?
That'll be no development at all then.
Residents can all sleep snugly and smugly in their second homes. Phew.

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by Mark Hitchman

21st June 2014, at 20:12:50

Unfortunately I agree with Don, good lord whats happened to me!

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by Don Prescott

21st June 2014, at 17:10:17

None of this will matter when Hampshire take over running the Isle of Wight, which will happen very soon.

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