NEW homes look set to be built on what was described as a 'green lung’ in the heart of Cowes.
Planners approved revised plans for two pairs of semi-detached homes with parking on land to the rear of 86 Victoria Road, despite strong objections.
The application, which was subject to three rounds of consultation, resulting in 52 letters of objection, was agreed by the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.
They heard 86 Victoria Road would be demolished to make way for a new access to the privately owned land.
Cowes Town Council member Cllr David Jones said the development would only add to the traffic problems in busy Victoria Road, including loss of parking. He said the town council also recognised the value of the green space as a haven for wildlife.
Although the highways department raised no objections to the scheme, residents claimed road safety risks had not been recognised, while protected badger sets could be destroyed.
Cllr Reg Barry said: "I think that green lung in the middle of Cowes is worth more than gaining four houses. Future generations may say that will make a nice little urban park."
The committee, however, heard the revised scheme had been reduced by two units to allow for a protected area for nature conservation.
The application was approved by nine votes to one.