Luxury hotel and homes plan

By Richard Wright

Monday, March 3, 2014

 

Luxury hotel and homes plan

The proposed four-star 64-bed hotel.

AN ESTIMATED 150 jobs would be created by a proposed development at Folly Reach, on the banks of the Medina, at Whippingham.

The planning application reveals 14 business units will be provided on the site, in addition to 99 homes and a luxury hotel.

The application has been submitted by Colonnade (IW) Ltd after wide consultation to shape the proposals.

Colonnade says the scheme will regenerate the redundant Saro employment site.

It features a four-star 64-bed hotel, new jetty and a shop and cafe for residents and visitors.

The hotel will have swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa and gym and there will be direct access to the hotel from the jetty. The developers also want to create a water bird island habitat and "zone of tranquility" for estuary wildlife.

Colonnade’s Alastair Watson said: "The regeneration of the site as a high-quality tourism destination will be enabled by the accompanying development of 99 homes in a mixture of types and styles for sale on the open market. There will also be 14 business units."

A new link road and footpath from Beatrice Avenue into the site and highway improvements to the existing Folly Lane will be undertaken.

The public have three weeks to comment on the application.

If planning permission is granted, tenders would be issued by the end of this year.

The development would take place in phases and take between two to four years to complete.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by James McAdder

5th March 2014, at 08:12:44

Alan,

Crowe is a troll and wind-up merchant. Ignore him. Responding to his trolling only encourages him (as you see).

It boggles me that he constantly gets away with derogatory posts of the kind he used against you.

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by alan naylor

4th March 2014, at 19:11:52

David the C P has already explained the reason ,, read the posts. And MIke Crow just cannot help being personal and completly off subject as usual this privllege should not be used to do this good posts Carl and Colin

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by Colin Russell

4th March 2014, at 18:40:07

David, read "Comments on IWCP Online" that should answer your question.

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by carl palmer

4th March 2014, at 14:24:19

This is such a good idea; with the jetty we could attract wealthy boat owners who aren’t afraid to spend money locally. If the homes become second homes then at least money will be coming in from outside the island and the planners appear to be thinking of the environment and wild life so all boxes ticked. In fact it’s such a good plan that people are bound to object to it.....as always.

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by alan naylor

4th March 2014, at 13:38:54

Nice post Mike although no opinion on the subject as usual ..Turisum leading the way again just like Blackwater that most on this site apposed I fail to see 150 jobs going to aggriculture, nursery gardens, or semi skilled factories. The 14 small bussness units are subsidised by the project as a whole and will probably be biult last...... if at all

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by kevin froment

4th March 2014, at 13:25:55

great news, cant see anyone opposing this as its not a greenfield site and has become a derelict eyesore

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by Terry Harlow

4th March 2014, at 12:55:11

The site will need a very deep clean to rid it of pollution

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by Colin Barton

4th March 2014, at 11:58:27

I think it is a great idea and hope it is completed,the site is an eyesore and has been for a number of years. Comments like it could be for 2nd home owners doesn't matter if the whole area is improved,,(better than looking like a toilet). And E Cowes might be upgraded on its property values!

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by matthew eldridge

4th March 2014, at 09:13:43

development means housing being built which means job therefore money in to the island system has to be a good thing surely?

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by David Shoulder

4th March 2014, at 08:20:35

Sorry to be cynical. The reality is this is primarily a housing development with a few bells and whistles to get planning permission they would not otherwise get. Can always seek to vary the permission at a later date.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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