Public gets say over new Pennyfeathers plan

By Richard Wright

Monday, June 30, 2014

 

A PUBLIC open day will help shape a new planning application for Pennyfeathers, a developer has pledged.

After the Isle of Wight Council in November unanimously threw out the 904-home application for the land on the outskirts of Ryde, the applicant is carrying out fresh consultation.

As part of that, a public open day is being staged at Ryde School on Saturday, July 12, from 10am to 2pm. The open day is being staged to explain why an appeal against the decision was not lodged, the developer instead shaping a new application.

Planning consultant Glen Hepburn, said: "This is another chance for people to get involved meaningfully in directing the design of this terrific opportunity to bring much-needed housing to this designated regeneration area.

"The previous refusal was based, not on principle, but a lack of information, which it is now our target to provide.

"In essence, we are working with the planning authority, Natural England and local experts in ecology, landscape and archaeology.

"We have not finalised plans but welcome any steer from the public. Experts will be available to field questions and debate."

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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