Demolition plans deferred

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


A DECISION on redevelopment plans at The Broadway Centre, Sandown, was postponed by Isle of Wight councillors last night (Tuesday).

Sandown Town Council wants to demolish the 19th century Broadway Centre and Los Altos building, which they claim are expensive to run and in poor condition.

It wants to build a new single-storey community centre and five houses, however officers have recommended refusal.

Members of the Isle of Wight Council planning committee agreed at last night’s meeting that they needed more information on the proposed housing and whether any would be offered as affordable homes.

A deferment would also enable further negotiation on lay-out, car parking and landscaping arrangements, they said.



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by Keven Ball

29th January 2014, at 17:14:01

@ Neil unless you are meaning the wages part? Then I would agree that needs to be backed-up as I do not believe that is the case?

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by Warwick Hunt

29th January 2014, at 15:10:56

I still struggle to see the need to demolish this building. Agree converting to housing would maybe slightly more expensive than rebuilding. But what cost is the loss of another fine old island stone constructed building. Come on Planning Comittee - get real start to insist on integrating our history into new developments instead of the soft option !!!!!!

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by Keven Ball

29th January 2014, at 14:50:58

@ Roger - yes the connection from the island to the mainland is very expensive, but that might work the other way form people who want to leave the mainland behind them. If the island was attached to the mainland it would be a disaster and trust me if would be facing many other problems by now!

I feel Barbara is speaking from experience and current costs Neil, I visit the island to see family and I do agree with her statement. Do you not live on the island?

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by Keven Ball

29th January 2014, at 14:47:49

@ Barbara
Yes that is true the cost of living is expensive on the island such as pints of beer to general items. House prices are cheap as we both agree upon but the rest isn't! I was lucky I have done some temporary work on the island last year and was on an okay wage. I know that is not the average though.

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by neil jacks

29th January 2014, at 13:55:12

What? Roger+Barbara, don't know where you get your info from but can you back up what you are saying here.

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by Roger Grey

29th January 2014, at 13:03:27

Don't let us forget that one reason for the lower house prices on the Island is the cost of travel across the Solent. Campaigns for lower ferry fares are all very well but the present high cost helps to deter mainlanders from buying second/weekend homes here. I'd love the crossing to be cheaper but the increased demand for houses would soon push up prices and exclude even more locals from the housing market..

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by barbara penman

29th January 2014, at 12:35:39

Yes agree the houses are cheap, but then the wages are far below the national average, also it is quite expensive to live here, compared to towns in the north of the country. Thinking, cheaper fuel beer and food and of course travel.

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by Keven Ball

29th January 2014, at 11:53:03

For the south the island's house prices are very cheap next to say the rest of Dorset, Sussex etc. I would say the island does already have cheap and affordable homes?

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