HOPEFUL DEVELOPER TAKES LOVE LANE APPLICATION TO THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE

An ‘orchestrated’ campaign against holiday lodges on protected woodland in Bembridge has seen the police called 8 times to a peaceful lane.

Love Lane IOW Ltd is protesting the Isle of Wight Council’s lack of decision on the application for 2 holiday units on the lane, with the matter now taken under with the Government.

Planning agents, Plan Research, says the council failed to determine the application within an appropriate period, typically 8 weeks. No official decision had been made by the Isle of Wight Council, 17 weeks after the application was first validated.

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This and other reasons has led to an appeal to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

In an appeal statement, Plan Research’s Martha James said the appeal was not made lightly, with developers giving the council significant opportunity to determine the application.

The statement went on to say planning officers were being put in a very difficult position, due to undue political and neighbourhood pressure to refuse the application.

Mrs James said there had been a disproportionate number of objections with police had been called multiple times to the site. Incidents recorded included picketing on site stopping companies from carrying out work, anti-social behaviour, signs taken down, superglued locks and criminal damage when a hole was drilled through a water pipe.

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Communication issues were also being raised by the agent, who said:

“It is impossible … to know whether the council considers previous concerns have been addressed.

“The complete lack of engagement by the council with our client and the professionals refining the proposal, and the significant delay in determining the application, without extensions being agreed, is unacceptable.”

The Isle of Wight Council’s planning authority has seen a significant rise in work since the start of the pandemic, with more applications submitted, and has recently announced extra staff will be hired to help combat delays.

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The appeal was officially started earlier this month.

The Planning Inspectorate itself is seeing an increase in work, with the average time this type of appeal taking currently standing at 31 weeks.

Latest statistics from the government’s planning watchdog, published last week, show they have nearly 13,000 open cases — issuing an average of just over 1,400 decisions a month.

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Ulver Stone
Ulver Stone
1 month ago

At least the people of Bembridge ‘care’ and DO SOMETHING about the ruination of their lives.

Unlike Ryde who just accept anything with barely a murmur.

For such so long as the huge TV fills the lounge wall, and the orange, fake tanned wife is glammed up with false fingernails as the kids are afixed to a games machine whilst the male smokes a bit of gear, and all is funded via Gov handouts, life is sweet.

Sure4Law
Sure4Law
Reply to  Ulver Stone
1 month ago

Great comment Ulver !

Smell the coffee
Smell the coffee
Reply to  Ulver Stone
1 month ago

Some people in Ryde do care, myself included, but the damage has been done in any case. The place has changed quite a bit in recent years, even the nice bits, so I’m off.

Only Me
Only Me
Reply to  Ulver Stone
1 month ago

Grrr! If you’d read more of the Island Echo reporting over the years, you would realise that many, many people of Ryde DO care about the ruination of the surroundings, partifularly thebeautiful “green” areas. It would appear we are up against some powerful forces.

Stupidity !
Stupidity !
Reply to  Ulver Stone
1 month ago

That all sounds true for whole Island, not just Ryde. Ryde residents ( simi9lar as you say ) were up protesting etc about that farm by Westridge, a working farm, destroyed for houses… cannot get much greener land… but housing company won… after years of residents refuting it. years previous was Pennyfeathers, many partitions etc, all useless… there are more dole life and drugs people in Bembridge !!

Me me
Me me
Reply to  Ulver Stone
1 month ago

Ryde people do care and have tried to stop building but we have no power not like some on this island

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
1 month ago

Mrs James said there had been a disproportionate number of objections ! no, mrs james, that is a demonstration of the strength of feeling against your disgusting plans.

Perhaps mrs james should take the hint – the days of simply accepting the wanton destruction of the environment to profit by other residents are just about done.

you know this isn’t wanted or needed, however, you persist with it for personal financial gain and nothing else -you care nothing about the environment or the effect your destructive efforts will have on the creatures and plant life that currently inhabit that land.

dot
dot
1 month ago

If this goes through then every woodland on the island would be under threat from greedy developers what is the point in giving woods protection if developers can build on them

oldbutalive
oldbutalive
1 month ago

Loads of people care about the developers constantly applying for houses on greenfields.
The problem is this, the planning unit appears to pass almost all applications no matter what grounds for refusal are put forward.
The lack of a council plan with teeth to go with it is the main culprit here.

 

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