ARRETON residents have completed a DIY housing needs survey to back their opposition to two developments.
Having failed to get the parish council to conduct a survey, the Arreton Parish Residents’ Group conducted its own, covering the villages of Arreton, Merstone and Blackwater.
The group says the survey was conducted with the full support and guidance of Isle of Wight Council planners, who analysed the results to ensure it was an unbiased reflection of local housing need.
Forms were hand delivered and collected to households in the parish.
Group spokesman Irene Pavitt said: "The return rate was an amazing 76 per cent, which means the data collected is statistically very sound."
The survey, which can be seen on the Isle of Wight Council website, identified the need for affordable accommodation, including 17 rented homes.
"We have waited 18 long months for an accurate, up-to-date survey to be carried out and it was accomplished in just four weeks."
The survey was due to be used as evidence at a joint appeal earlier this week into the refusal of the IW Council of separate applications for 89 and 40 homes, both proposed by developer Laurie Calloway for land to the south of Hazely Combe.
"Hopefully, the survey will support and substantiate the council’s refusal of both these planning applications."