An artist’s bird’s eye view of the proposed garden village between Cowes and Gurnard off Place Road. The outskirts of Gurnard can be seen in the top left of the picture.
THE developer behind controversial plans for almost 100 homes on the outskirts of Gurnard and Cowes has outlined his vision for a garden village.
Isle of Wight-based Penwood Developments, the company behind housing schemes in Old Road, East Cowes, and Three Gates Road, Cowes, is seeking outline permission for 99 homes on a 14-acre field fronting Place Road.
Speaking to the Isle of Wight County Press this week, Mike Woodford, Penwood Developments managing director, said there was a clear demand in the area for general housing for families, first-time buyers and those wishing to downsize and retire.
The plans however, came under fire from members of Gurnard Parish Council's planning committee last night (Thursday), who said they flew in the face of a recent housing needs survey in the village that had concluded Gurnard only needed 19 new homes over the next five years.
Mr Woodford said it was a low-density scheme of seven homes per acre, featuring a mix of properties from one to four bedrooms, incorporating generous gardens and off-street parking.
The development, which includes 24 bungalows, would also include 35 affordable units which, if approved, would be among the first homes to be built and allocated to Isle of Wight residents.
Prices would range from around £70,000 to £120,000.He added the 'green gap’ separating Gurnard and Cowes would be preserved with around 15 per cent of the development open space and parkland, excluding gardens.
He said: "This is the first development of its type to be built on the Island for many years and certainly the first in the Cowes/Gurnard area that concentrates on the housing needs of local people."
However, Cllr Paul Fuller, the Isle of Wight councillor for Gurnard and Cowes West, said there was opposition to the plans with much anger over the lack of pre-application consultation.
He said: "From the feedback I have received, the main concern is it’s on a greenfield site between the three communities of Cowes, Gurnard and Northwood.
"The community has said they would like to see this green gap protected from future development."
For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press next, Friday, November 8.