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NEWPORT COUNCILLOR MAKES KNOWN HIS OPPOSITION TO 880 HOME PLAN

Approximate area that is potentially up for development

A Newport councillor is urging local residents to have their say on plans to build 880 more homes in the Newport area, which he says is ‘pure madness’.

Councillor Matthew Price has stated that he is totally opposed to land adjacent to New Fairlee Farm being allocated for housing development, as proposed by the revised Island Plan.

The Island Plan sets out the goals and policy for the Isle of Wight for the forthcoming years, with residents being asked to have their say until 25th February.

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Cllr Price has today said:

“I cannot and will not accept that this site is right for this scale of development. Newport and Carisbrooke Parish Council unanimously objected to this site and my residents overwhelmingly object to this site being included as a residential development site. I will viciously oppose this site’s inclusion in the future land supply allocations and will be seeking the Cabinet’s support on ensuring this is removed in its entirety from the Island Plan Review.

“Of course houses have to be built. We have a growing population not just on the Island, but across the whole of the United Kingdom. We also have a generation of first time buyers who have never been able to buy. However, identifying a site which is locked into two of the busiest roads on the Island, which are forever gridlocked, is pure madness.

“We have 2 local primary schools with virtually no capacity and we have no local services such as dentists and GP surgeries for these potential 880 families.

Cllr Price goes on to say:

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“There is also absolutely no mention of any bypass of Newport. Island residents are sick of pretty much all roads leading to Newport and then having to endure Coppins Bridge. I know the Council Leader Cllr Dave Stewart is very interested in the prospect of  a bridge over the River Medina and is looking into the viability of this and how this could be funded. There is however no inclusion of this within the Island Plan Review in direct relation to these 880 houses”.

“Having recently met with our MP Bob Seely on the subject of Island Plan review, it has become clear that the housing target for the Island is undeliverable on a huge scale. The land allocation is based on the formula to deliver residential units within those targets. We must, as a Planning Authority, work with the Government to ensure the appropriate housing target which can realistically meet our actual housing need for the Island.

“We have an excellent team within our Planning Department and the targets we are talking about would not allow our Planning Officers the time or freedom to ensure we are getting the very best for our Island’s future development. While I sometimes may come across as negative on certain planning issues, I am very pro-development, but as Elected Councillors we are given the mandate by the public to ensure the very best developments are delivered and we are on most occasions their only voice within the planning process”.

All residents are being encouraged to comment on the Island Plan review consultation between now and 25th February at https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Environment-Planning-and-Waste/Planning-Policy-new/The-Island-Plan-Review/Surveys-and-Consultations.

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