New plea for homes talks

By Abby Rugg

Saturday, January 26, 2013

 

New plea for homes talks

The former West Wight Middle School.

WORRIED villagers are calling for an urgent public meeting over a controversial development of 50 homes on a former school site.

The call was made after a public meeting, organised by Freshwater Village Association, to which the head of the Isle of Wight planning department, the developers, Spectrum Housing, two Freshwater Isle of Wight councillors and members of the parish council had been invited.

All declined to come but their written statements were displayed.

Almost 60 villagers attended the meeting last Friday, at Freshwater Parish Hall, to protest at the amount of time for consultation over Christmas and new year regarding the demolition of the former West Wight Middle School and the site’s redevelopment with 50 houses.

Many points were raised about the redevelopment, such the ownership of the unadopted roads, which are partly involved in the current planning application, including two metres of one resident’s verge and drive.

Other issues raised included the overflow of sewers into Queen’s Road, the Isle of Wight Council’s statement that the 50 homes would not affect traffic congestion, the lack of pavements and overcrowding of parked cars.

There were concerns Freshwater would become a dormitory town and questions were raised about the parish council’s apparent contradiction of its own parish plan of 2006, which opposed further residential development, yet members had voted in favour of this application.

It was also argued the Isle of Wight Council was contradicting its 2012 Island Plan, which stated there was a lack of amenity space in West Wight.

A resolution for a public meeting with the parish and Isle of Wight Council was passed unanimously and 39 Freshwater residents signed a petition on the night calling for it to take place.

The deadline for consultation is February 6.

Reporter: abbyr@iwcpmail.co.uk

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