New homes not wanted in village

By Richard Wright

Saturday, January 12, 2013

 

AN ACTION group has been formed to fight a massive Isle of Wight development.

Arreton Villagers Against Development (AVAD) has appealed for support from people opposed to development plans for 89 houses at Hazely Combe.

People have three weeks from yesterday (Friday) to comment on the application, which is detailed on the Isle of Wight Council’s website.

AVAD is also concerned about a separate plan for an anaerobic digester plant at Gore.

But the group is focusing on the scheme for 89 homes, with access off Main Road, which was the subject of a recent consultation by the developer.

Fifty householders and parish councillors attended a public meeting at Arreton Community Centre on Sunday.

Among them was Alison Harding, whose home backs onto the site.

Mrs Harding, who has lived in Arreton for 22 years, said the plan was over-development, out of character with the village and would swell the population by nearly 50 per cent at a time when the primary school was full.

She criticised proposed access onto busy Main Road and the potential effect on rare species at the nature reserve created at Haseley Manor.

"There are so many reasons to turn this application down, not least the danger of introducing anti-social behaviour into our quiet village, the sewage system already being at capacity and the fact there are houses being built around the Island with no-one to buy them," she said.

People can e-mail AVAD at avad1@btinternet.com or ring 07824 641931.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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