Protest against plans for 86 homes

By Martin Neville

Friday, July 18, 2014

 

OPPONENTS of plans to build 86 homes are to gather at the proposed site today (Friday), as Isle of Wight Councillors visit it.

Hundreds of objections have been lodged against outline proposals for 86 homes on a site off Place Road, which falls in the Gurnard parish boundary, will be considered by planning chiefs on Tuesday.

Despite the objections, officers have recommended the plans for approval.

To coincide with a committee site visit today, many were expected to gather near the field gates with protest banners.

A message posted by residents of Place Road and Tuttons Hill on the Gurnard Neighbourhood Plan website said: "We know many are amazed at this decision to attempt to build on this green area and 'green gap’ between Cowes and Gurnard.

"It has been described by many as a complete injustice by the planning department."

The plans, submitted by Island-based Penwood Developments, include a mix of one to four-bedroom houses and bungalows, as well as 30 affordable homes for local people.

Objections have centred the loss of the 'green buffer zone’ between Cowes and Gurnard and the sheer scale of the development which parish councillors argue flies in the face of the Gurnard Housing Needs Survey which identified the need for just 19 homes over the next five years.

However, the committee report said the project would help meet the housing needs of both Gurnard and Cowes, including projected future demand, while the layout and landscaping would preserve the 'green gap’.

Penwood managing director Mike Woodford said: "Our hope is that we can get on quickly with providing 86 new high quality homes to form a quality garden estate for the people of the Island."

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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