Land where it is proposed to build 33 houses. Picture by JENNIFER BURTON
PROPOSALS for more than 30 new homes in Gurnard have sparked an angry reaction.
More than a dozen objections have so far been lodged with the Isle of Wight Council against plans to build 33 homes on land behind 44 Worsley Road.
They would be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes, with ten classed as 'affordable’.
People living in the area have raised concerns over the size of the development and the traffic it might generate.
Applicant John Parker said the site was about a third of the whole area of seven acres with the remainder left as private grassland and trees, home to a variety of wildlife.
But Vicky Spencer, of Hilton Road, wrote: "I consider 33 houses to be an over development of this site and, as the housing needs survey has yet to be completed, I see no reason why a development of this size should be considered."
Adrian White, of Worsley Lane, questioned: "Do we really need a massive development like this when we can solve our housing needs in Gurnard in a way more in keeping with the village without creating what is almost a village within a village?"
Mr Parker said the application was the culmination of a seven-and-a-half year project, working closely with council planners, architects, engineers and surveyors.
As well as providing affordable homes, he said the development would employ Island labour, support local businesses and provide additional parking for village hall users.
Any development of more than 14 homes must set aside 30 per cent for affordable housing. Mr Parker said ten affordable homes was the minimum a housing provider would be interested in funding and formed the basis for the total number of units.
Even though the access had been designed by road engineers, he said he was prepared to discuss it with the parish council and village hall association.
And he added: "Most houses will be built on demand."