Housing development limits suggested by minister

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


LIMITS on the scale of Isle of Wight housing developments could be considered as a way of tackling concerns about overdevelopment.

Isle of Wight Council planning cabinet member Cllr Jonathan Bacon and MP Andrew Turner met with planning and development minster Nick Bowles last week.

It followed concerns raised by Mr Turner in parliament about the target for 520 new Isle of Wight homes a year, set out in the Island Plan. The plan is due to be reviewed by the Independent-led council.

Mr Turner said Mr Bowles did not support a call to reduce the target, but suggested the scale of individual developments could be limited and the idea would now be looked at by Cllr Bacon.

Cllr Bacon said the minister had also asked for examples when local decisions had been overturned unfairly.

"If he sees things are not working as they should he has undertaken to look at amending new planning guidelines that are due to be released shortly, to allow local views to prevail," he said.

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