The protest against 86 homes at Place Road. Picture by Laura Holme.
CONTROVERSIAL proposals for a housing development between Cowes and Gurnard have been thrown out by Isle of Wight Council planners.
The council's planning committee yesterday (Tuesday) rejected the application for 86 homes off Place Road, submitted by Island-based Penwood Developments, by five votes to one, with one abstention.
Officers had recommended the plans be approved, but the committee said the 'green gap' between Gurnard and Cowes should be preserved.
The proposed development sparked huge controversy, attracting 481 letters of objection.
Dozens of people attended a protest at the site last Friday, during the committee's site visit.
Speaking after yesterday's meeting, objector Greg Malone said he was pleased members had listened to residents' concerns.
"The refused the application on exactly the same grounds we objected — the green gap is intrinsically important. Democracy won out in the end," he said.
Penwood managing director Mike Woodford declined to comment whether the developer would appeal the decision.
For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press, on Friday, July 25.