Housing scheme recommended for approval

By Martin Neville

Thursday, April 17, 2014


CONTROVERSIAL plans for a 40-house development in Arreton are being recommended for approval by Isle of Wight Council officers.

The scheme, earmarked for greenfield land at Hazely Combe, has sparked strong opposition from villagers, despite being a reduction on a previous application for 89 homes which was refused.

The latest proposal, which has attracted 123 letters of objection including from the parish council, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Badger Trust and Island Watch, will be considered by the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, April 29.

The plans, lodged by Laurie Calloway, include 35 houses and five bungalows, ranging from one bedroomed to five-bedroomed properties.

It includes 14 affordable homes and a financial contribution of £15,000 towards public rights of way improvements.

The site — which is outside of, but directly adjacent to, the settlement boundary for Arreton — is the most preferable of land available for development within the parish, according to the committee report.

It adds: "The application is supported by satisfactory information to demonstrate a local housing need for 40 dwellings in this location.

"Officers consider the design, layout and scale are of a satisfactory standard and that the development would have an acceptable visual appearance within the area, and the setting of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)."

However, objectors maintain the location, scale and density of the scheme are inappropriate for the village and represent an overdevelopment of a greenfield site.

Parish councillor Ian Roome said: "I cannot believe this council would sanction a development that will increase the size of the developed settlement by over 25 per cent.

"We all understand there needs to be development, but this must be in a sustainable way."

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by terry gibbins

11th May 2014, at 18:53:54

ARRETON RESIDENTS, got what you deserved, after moaning about motocross events, if it was still going you would not have a horrible housing estate on your door step, karma.

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

20th April 2014, at 10:25:34

Dont forget the Pits at Calbourne,Den.

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by Den Young

19th April 2014, at 16:35:31

there has always been a history of motorcycling at Arreton since the early sixties when the scrambling was at downend, just a fantastic chance lost.

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

19th April 2014, at 11:40:11

True true Den, i marshalled two events there and Stefan Everts who was World Champion at the time but out of the racing with a leg injury told me and was spectating with envy that it was by far the Best circuit in the World.

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by john hanson

19th April 2014, at 10:51:02

is it they think their **** dosent stink i think it will soon when the waste plant kicks off

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by Den Young

19th April 2014, at 10:27:29

Tony I think riders said best in world---- gone forever, what a chance for island tourism missed. all to replaced with somewhere to dump waste produce, or maybe purpose grown waste produce.

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

19th April 2014, at 09:11:42

Den, i dont think there was many obectors from the village for the MotoX it was firstly the lack of will to push and promote with parties involved including the Landowner and the local authority plus a few objectors in the very close vicinity. As i have said before the best MotoX circuit i have ever seen.

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by kevin froment

18th April 2014, at 22:32:42

can i just ask what the objectors plan to do if the development is approved, will they sit down in front of the buldozers or write letters of complaint from their armchairs, if there is a need for housing in a certain area, what right does anyone have to deny the people that need that housing the right to it. and if grumpyville does get built can i have first dibs on a nice little 2 bed bungalow please.

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by Den Young

18th April 2014, at 21:23:03

very true JH they proved that with the motor cross

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by john hanson

18th April 2014, at 16:02:53

Its full of them already

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