Homes plans reduced but villagers still angry

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


A LARGE housing scheme for an Isle of Wight village has been scaled down.

Development proposals for land at Hazely Combe, Arreton, have been reduced from 89 homes to 40 in revised plans published today.

However, an action group formed to fight the proposals said it was still too much for a small village.

Tina Howell, of Arreton Villagers Against Development (AVAD), said: "This was an obvious outcome and comes as no surprise to us but it is still too many dwellings in such a small village.

"The Isle of Wight Council has agreed, against the wishes of the villagers of Arreton, to allow a local landowner to build an anerobic digester at one end of the village. Now, once again, we must fight to keep the other end of our village rural, as it should be."

A public meeting will be held on the issue at Arreton Community Centre, on Wednesday, February 5, at 7.30pm.



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by Keven Ball

2nd February 2014, at 21:56:07

I love people who seem to hate mainlanders... If you looked into your family tree you would more than likely see you are from people who lived on the mainland and/or a different country...Moreover, the island I believe was connected to the mainland until mother nature took over with the sea... some very odd view points from this debate below!

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by Patrick Hall

30th January 2014, at 23:05:19

@Paul Magee: "people who may be looking to relocate"? What, more moaning mainlanders who want to destroy the place? No! No! No!
Newport's already messed up enough without making it worse by building skyscrapers.

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by Paul Magee

30th January 2014, at 19:28:44

Maybe we can look at building 'upwards' rather than spreading across? Portsmouth has a peak population of around 200,000 people in a space that is around 1/10th the size of the Island... Perhaps we want to start moving the Island towards modernisation in places such as Newport to make it a more attractive proposition for businesses & people who may be looking to relocate.


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by Patrick Hall

30th January 2014, at 17:51:14

I was born at Freshwater in 1947 on a nice little Island with a much smaller population. I lived here almost all my life and have watched what has happened to the Island as a result of overdevelopment. It's sad, it really is.

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by James McAdder

30th January 2014, at 16:40:08

They did a very good job at returning the Devil's Punchbowl back to nature after the Hindhead tunnel was finished.

Pretty sure your house would be less of a challenge, Lee. The "my home was built years ago" justification for the "I'm all right, Jack" attitude doesn't wash, I'm afraid.

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by neil jacks

30th January 2014, at 14:06:16

John James, If everyone were to be sent back over the water whose indigenous Isle Of wight lineage wasn't back to the doomsday book, which no doubt you are about to tell us all yours was, then you would still be killing your dinner with a bow and arrow would you?

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by John James

29th January 2014, at 21:57:02

Well we could start by sending the moaning Overners back over the Solent and stop our Island being turned into a retirement village for people who have contributed nothing to the island save some council tax but seem to think they should have a say in everything. That goes for second home owners as well along with landlords who buy up all the cheaper property and let it at extortionate prices.

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by Paul Strauss

29th January 2014, at 16:41:27

Guilty as charged Mr McAdder, but just because I am a troll doesn't mean I am not also a chav-hating elitist and an idiot.

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by James McAdder

29th January 2014, at 16:32:41

Well, david wright,

Some here are suggesting population control.

Right up to the point, I suspect, that some future society may deem they are no longer making any worthwhile contribution to society and should avail themselves of a one way ticket to Switzerland.

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by david wright

29th January 2014, at 16:01:49


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