New scheme for Cowes site

By Martin Neville

Saturday, April 12, 2014


A HUGE housing scheme for the outskirts of Gurnard and Cowes has been revised.

The original proposal for 99 homes on land between Place Road and Tuttons Hill has been reduced to 90 units by Island-based Penwood Developments.

Speaking to the Isle of Wight County Press, managing director Mike Woodford outlined his vision for a garden village in an area where he said there was clear demand for general housing for families, first-time buyers and those wishing to downsize and retire.

Summarising the main changes to last year’s plans, he said the density had been reduced by ten per cent and spread over the entire 13-acre site, allowing for more green space.

"The mix of housing units allows for smaller two-bedroom units but also includes three and four-bedroom family units as well as quite a few bungalows," said Mr Woodford.

"This scheme will provide 31 much-needed homes to be rented to local families."

However, the original application attracted almost 300 comments, mainly in opposition.


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