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Green Party Councillors from across the Isle of Wight have submitted a detailed and considered response to the controversial Island Plan.

Currently running at 25 pages, the plan proposes sustainable housing, expansion of the cycle network and prioritises local jobs.

Councillor Vix Lowthion, Green Party spokesperson, has said:

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“The Island Planning Strategy is a rare opportunity for Islanders to be consulted on what we want the future of our island to be like for the next twenty years. It is vital that every Islander makes their contribution – and the deadline of midday on Monday 25th February is fast approaching!

“Whilst it has been widely reported that 10,000 homes are proposed to be built, there are many other aspects of the strategy which could provide positive opportunities for our island – and it is important that we comment on these too.

“The current document does not go far enough in terms of sustainably built housing and employment opportunities. Proposing only eight miles of cycle paths is woeful when we need to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero in the next 12 years.

“Our Planning strategy must serve the needs of Islanders and the planet – and be much more ambitious when it comes to protecting our island for generations to come.”

Consultation on the Island Plan has now come to an end. The Isle of Wight Council say that all responses will be reviewed and changes made to the planning strategy according.

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