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 or ring 07824 641931.



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by Tina Howell

15th January 2013, at 18:57:24

From the planning application they are looking at 16x four bedroom houses & 11x 5 bedroom houses - can someone please answer this one question - Who, with a local need for accomodation on the Island, will be able to afford to purchase a 4 or 5 bedroom property in Arreton?

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by Tina Howell

15th January 2013, at 18:51:46

When Cherrywood View was built the developer had to sell the properties at £20,000 below market value in order to get people to buy them - even though they said there was a local need. This is the same person who owns the land now being considered for development. When they initially put the planning in for Cherrywood View it was for 28 properties on getting approval they then increased it to 51 which was refused, they finally got approval for 43 properties. 3 properties were under an enforcement notice as they had conditions that had not been complied with and one property is still under boundery dispute because they built the garage half way across the adjacent property's land. In the initial planning application for Cherrywood View there was a promise of an open space for the enjoyment of residents - this disappeared on the application to build more properties.

In light of his past history in building Cherrywood View it doesn't bode well for Arreton that 89 will be the final

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by Tina Howell

15th January 2013, at 18:48:40

Building large-scale developments in rural locations, which offer little or no access to the kind of employment which would enable mortgage payments to be met, cannot be the right approach. Due to lack of affordability, this kind of development model frequently cuts off the opportunity for local people to purchase the new houses, and rapidly leads to the loss and fragmentation of those rural communities.

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by geoffrey clynch

15th January 2013, at 13:26:40

Steven, NIMBY, is just a left wing catchphrase to force the minorities veiws over the majorities democratic and commonlaw rights, just like the rest of the pathetic Political Correctnes marxist rubbish

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by Steven Phillips

14th January 2013, at 23:18:52

martin heath, I thought the NIMBY capital of the island was at wellow. I'd rather have wind turbines or photovoltaic panels so may be we could do a swop !!

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by Mike Crowe

14th January 2013, at 19:00:49

Alan they did indeed. The train went from Sandown though to Newport. Can't remember all the stations, but Sandown, Alverstone, Horringford, Merstone, Blackwater (near the Reynolds and Reed Depot. The white house opposite was Blackwater Station) Shide near the Tyre Depot and Newport. 6.50 from Sandown got me to Mill Hill at Cowes in time to walk down to Whites, walk through the yard and clock in by 7.47

Photos I took in the 50's :-)

(I do an illustrated talk on the ships in the pictures. Quite some remarkable history there, not that I knew it when I closed the shutter)

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by Alan Bennett

14th January 2013, at 18:34:51

I Don't want to get too off topic Milke, but there was a platform at Horringford crossing, where the cycle crossing is now. Trains used to stop there did t they?

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by Martin Heath

14th January 2013, at 18:11:46

Shame that Mike. Hope one doesn't try it with me. My cars brakes are shocking. :-)

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by Mike Crowe

14th January 2013, at 18:07:08

Matin they shot themselves in the foot with the speed limit implimation. They wait ages now to come out from their developments because of the slowed down stream of taffic. Have you seen them trying to push out? ... ;-)

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by Martin Heath

14th January 2013, at 17:05:30

Ah. Arreton, The Islands NIMBY capital. I'm surprised they haven't lobbied to get the main road removed. Must be very noisy on a Sunday afternoon.
Remember the Motocross. ;-)

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