GURNARD Parish Council is appealing to the Secretary of State for communities and local government, Greg Clark, to quash a controversial planning decision to build 86 homes on the green gap between Cowes and Gurnard.
As previously reported, in July this year the planning inspectorate overturned an Isle of Wight Council ruling, refusing planning permission for the development off Place Road.
However, following a meeting of Gurnard Parish Council, members have decided to appeal to the government against the inspector’s decision.
Parish Council chairman Cllr Sean Harrison said: "Residents have expressed concern to us how in this instance, the planning inspector has given precedence to the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework over Gurnard’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
"The efforts of the plan’s steering committee, local residents and ours and adjoining councils’ opinions have seemingly been disregarded.
"In our opinion, this standpoint from the inspector sets a perilous precedent, gives the wrong message to other areas working on neighbourhood plans, and we fear could put at risk the green gaps in Gurnard and elsewhere.
"For this reason, and with the full support of our MP, we are asking the Secretary of State to overturn this decision, as this contradicts our government’s localism agenda."
Gurnard, Northwood and Cowes councils all objected to the loss of the green gap between Cowes and Gurnard.
Planning inspector David Smith acknowledged that local residents’ concerns were 'considerable’
But he concluded that there would still be sufficient distance between the two communities to prevent them becoming one, despite development on 17 acres of former farmland.