Despite objections from members of the public and Ryde Town Council, the Isle of Wight Council has given approval to an outline planning application to build 140 homes on land at Rosemary Vineyard in Ryde.
Back in October 2016 the scheme was originally submitted for 197 units and a community building, but that number was reduced to 181 in May 2017. The plans have been significantly reduced in density by 41 properties following negotiations with Council officers. The community building has also been scrapped from the scheme.
Although matters of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale are all reserved for later consideration, the green light has been given for the general plan for the site and the associated access arrangements.
The 14 hectare area will consist of 4 x 1-bedroom flats, 47 x 2-bedroom houses, 52 x 3-bedroom houses, 5 x 4-bedroom houses, 7 x passive houses and 25 x self build plots.
As part of the scheme a new roundabout will be built on Smallbrook Lane to act as 1 of 2 main entrances, the other being at Trotters Farm on Ashey Road. There will also be improvements to Footpaths E51, R55 and 52a.
In total 140 letters of objection were submitted by members of the public during the consultation stage, with objections also submitted by Ryde Town Council and Havenstreet & Ashey Parish Council.
Those behind the development, RST Developers (Ryde) Ltd., are hoping that work will begin next year.