Controversial conservation plan for Niton

By David Newble

Monday, January 28, 2013

 

CONSTROVERSIAL plans to turn Niton’s village centre and the nearby Undercliff into a conservation area could come into force soon, despite objections from the parish council.

The Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for the economy, Cllr George Brown, is being recommended to impose conservation area status on both parts of the village under advice from council officers.

However, the proposals are opposed by both Niton and Whitwell Parish Council and the Isle of Wight Council member for the village, Cllr David Stewart, according to a council report.

Opponents of the plan to designate the village as a conservation area say there was insufficient consultation about the project and the consultation was changed when residents were asked about the proposals.

Residents also believed the designation was being imposed on them and making the village a conservation area would bring no benefit to the area.

There were also concerns house prices could rise and the village could stagnate if the controversial proposals were given the go ahead.

However, planning bosses at the council say the village is an historic settlement and conservation area status would conserve and enhance the area for future generations.

House prices do not significantly rise in areas which have become conservation areas, according to the report.

The decision cannot be taken before next Monday.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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