The Broadway Centre in Sandown. Isle of Wight Council planning officers have recommended refusal of plans to demolish it. Picture by Robin Crossley.
PLANS to demolish two historic buildings in Sandown to make way for new development have been recommended for refusal by Isle of Wight Council planning officers.
Sandown Town Council wants to knock down the 19th century Broadway Centre and Los Altos buildings and build five houses and a community centre.
Town councillors claim the existing buildings are expensive to run and maintain and not fit for purpose.
They said upgrading the buildings would not be an effective use of taxpayers’ money, which would be better spent on a new one.
But in a report to go before the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee tonight (Tuesday), officers said the development would result in the loss of heritage.
They said the town council had not robustly demonstrated the public benefits would outweigh the loss of the buildings, or that the existing buildings could not be adapted for alternative use.
It was also said the proposal would harm the setting of the adjacent, listed Christ Church and the character and appearance of the area.
The proposed single-storey community centre would primarily be used by the town council for offices and meeting rooms but would also be available for hire.
Solar panels and bat boxes would be installed while internally the layout would comprise a hall, meeting rooms, clerk’s office, changing rooms, toilet and kitchen facilities.
The houses would be laid out as two pairs of semi-detached, two-storey houses and one detached home.
The plans also include the creation of 26 car parking spaces with access to the site from Old Reservoir Lane.
Nine residents have objected to the development or raised concerns about aspects of the proposal. There was one letter of support.
*A decision on the plans was this afternoon (Tuesday) posponed to a future meeting.