CONTROVERSIAL plans for a 40-house development in Arreton are being recommended for approval by Isle of Wight Council officers.
The scheme, earmarked for greenfield land at Hazely Combe, has sparked strong opposition from villagers, despite being a reduction on a previous application for 89 homes which was refused.
The latest proposal, which has attracted 123 letters of objection including from the parish council, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Badger Trust and Island Watch, will be considered by the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, April 29.
The plans, lodged by Laurie Calloway, include 35 houses and five bungalows, ranging from one bedroomed to five-bedroomed properties.
It includes 14 affordable homes and a financial contribution of £15,000 towards public rights of way improvements.
The site — which is outside of, but directly adjacent to, the settlement boundary for Arreton — is the most preferable of land available for development within the parish, according to the committee report.
It adds: "The application is supported by satisfactory information to demonstrate a local housing need for 40 dwellings in this location.
"Officers consider the design, layout and scale are of a satisfactory standard and that the development would have an acceptable visual appearance within the area, and the setting of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)."
However, objectors maintain the location, scale and density of the scheme are inappropriate for the village and represent an overdevelopment of a greenfield site.
Parish councillor Ian Roome said: "I cannot believe this council would sanction a development that will increase the size of the developed settlement by over 25 per cent.
"We all understand there needs to be development, but this must be in a sustainable way."