By a County Press reporter
Monday, September 16, 2013
A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for 15 houses on land off Worsley Road, Gurnard, is being recommended for conditional permission by planning officers.
The application for land behind 44 Worsley Road involves knocking down a house and stables and replacing it with the 15 houses, parking and landscaping.
It will go before the Isle of Wight Council's planning committee on Tuesday, September 24.
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by roger mazillius
18th September 2013, at 17:10:48
Thanks Steve. All interesting matters for the planners and members of the Planning Committee.
by Steve Laser
18th September 2013, at 16:19:29
To add a bit more the current plans show the lane staying very much as it is today narrow with a single track section. This lane meets the Worsley road pavement and crosses it and the assumption is as it’s crossing a pavement and not a road junction, drivers will slow up as they bounce over the pavement. It true part of the Hall lane will have a single pavement but it’s not continuous and is on the opposite side to the Hall. The current application does not require 44 Worsley Road to be demolished for these extra 15 (no road) and the other 6 could be a phase 2 in the development years later using the lane! The fact that only 1 property can use it today yet in the fullness of time it will be 21 property’s is a major concern to many Villagers and Hall users from outside the area. Worsley Road is the main road through the village and what was a quite WI Hall in 2000 is now the very busy Gurnard Village Hall and is used by many people of all ages daily, mostly on foot, the entrance is al
18th September 2013, at 16:15:35
The history of this site is first application in 2000 the plans for 13 houses (most outside the development boundary) got knocked back to 7 in 2002 and permission was granted for these, but due to land ownership problems only one could be built (for the site owners use) using the existing WI Hall narrow lane, now the Village Hall. The old plans showed 44 Worsley Rd demolished and the construction of a new road with pavements. Today 11 years later 44 Worsley Road is still standing and is occupied by a lady that has the right to live in the property for the rest of her life if she so wishes.Early this year new plans for 31 (including the 6 that can’t be built until the house is demolished) were presented and withdrawn and resubmitted a few weeks later but reduced to 21. This number has been recently changed now to 15; the 6 that have already got permission are now taken out of the application.The previously required purpose built road with 2 pavements is now not seen as a requiremen
18th September 2013, at 13:10:47
Good postings chaps. The number of new permissions does take into account existing ones.
by Leigh Perry
18th September 2013, at 11:39:05
Gary, that is a good point. The Council planning team need to clarify as I think The Glen has permission for 15 retirement properties & there are some permissions for 44 Worsley Rd already in place too (5 houses I think?)
by Gary Ball
18th September 2013, at 11:16:54
Leigh, thanks for that, the figures don't seem too scary, they must right I suppose as the report says its based upon what the community have said they need. So if 44 Worsely get the go ahead are Planning saying that that fulfills Gurnards needs for the next few years? If so it's not too bad but what about all those that have permission but are yet to be built, don't they get taken in to account or taken off this needs figure? anyone know? By the way 44 Worsley seems to still need a different access point even if it does go ahead.
18th September 2013, at 10:50:37
Rather than second guessing what building Gurnard needs, or deserves, why not read the recently published Housing Needs document. It lays it all out rather clearly http://www.iwight.com/azservices/documents/2777-Gurnard-HNS-report-September-2013-final-corrected-typos.pdf
18th September 2013, at 10:48:27
I agree with Roger, it really is nonsense to suggest these 'nods and winks' the elected represnetatives are there to express the views and feelings of the electorate. By the way if we are going back as far as the 60's Gurnard can include Tilbury Road, The Avenue, Bay View Road, Woodvale Road, Gurnard Heights etc. I have to admit though I do forget about the Medham development in Northwood, funny how that one snuck through. It really is a hard issue to address, no one is ever going to think anywhere is perfect and there be no objections but if the Worsley Road development had a different access (not via the single track/Village Hall) I would sort of get it but as it is it doesn't seem right to me.
18th September 2013, at 10:20:01
to continue - Please do not ascribe motives and "nods and winks" to elected Members in the way you have without giving a shred of evidence to support your (ridiculous) claims. For example, are you seriously alleging that Cllr Fuller is favouring certain developments on a "nod and a wink" basis, with all that that implies? Just nonsense!
18th September 2013, at 10:16:25
Well said GB. Northwood had the major Nodes Farm development in the 60s (200+ homes) when many areas of the Island had badly needed new homes. Then in the 80s into the 90s Medham Farm was developed (around 70 homes) against a ruling by a Planning Inspector whose reasoning was inexplicably over-ruled by the then Secretary of State. Since then there have been various small schemes of 1 to 8 but much interest in developing quite large sections of grazing land under the new Island Plan. That interest did apply in Gurnard but Island Planners ruled that under the present designation system, Gurnard would be exempt from such developments for the time being. (That last point might need tidying up a bit but it is pretty accurate.Alan, please do not ascribe "motives"
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