Following a public consultation, revised plans were ready to submit 3 months ago as the country went into lockdown, but Captiva Homes held off from submitting its planning application until now in line with the easing of restrictions.
The updated plans for the low-density development, West Acre Park, include up to 475 new-build homes, 25 acres of landscaped public parkland, a new GP surgery and road and access improvements.
More than a third of West Acre Park will be leisure space, opening up land that was previously not accessible to the public, in the first development of its kind on the Island.
James Pink, Director of Captiva Homes, says:
“Our ethos is openness and integrity and to have submitted plans before now felt at odds with this. But we are passionate about the Isle of Wight and we must get the economy up and running again.
“We have always been about building Island homes for Island people and during the public consultation we had feedback from people about the number of homes available for first time buyers. As a result, we have reduced the number of executive homes and provided more homes for those just starting out on the property ladder.
“We have not reduced the amount of green space we were planning for as lockdown has made people think more about the space they live in and what they value most from their homes. The priorities seem to have shifted with people wanting the ability for separate areas to work from home and of course with better access to high speed internet connectivity.
“Outdoor space has become high on the agenda for people looking to move, with bigger gardens and access to green space on the doorstep.
“In line with Ryde Town Council’s Place Plan, we have a stunning park right at the heart of our West Acre Park development. By placing the landscape at the centre of this development we have been given the unique opportunity to create something truly special, a place where nature in all its beauty and seasonality permeates every aspect of daily life.”
Captiva Homes has been building quality developments on the Isle of Wight for almost 2 decades and is currently constructing and selling 86 homes off Hope Road.
It is anticipated that the West Acre Park scheme will see more than £2million invested into the local community, including for local schools, improvements to local roads and highway infrastructure, a new community café or hub on the parkland, a recreation ground and play area and an increase to the current number of allotments.
It is proposed that Appley Road and Bullen Road will provide access to West Acre Park to alleviate the burden on Hope Road. There is also an additional public footpath proposed to enter the site from Marlborough Road.
The scheme is designed in accordance with recommendations on housing allocations and suitable sites identified by the Isle of Wight Council. Of the proposed homes, 166 will be affordable homes specifically built for the benefit of local residents.
“The land in this location has been identified as suitable for residential development and the team at Captiva Homes, as local people, felt a commitment to exploring this opportunity to ensure maximum protection and responsible development of the land by Islanders who care about our community. This is the premise we had in mind when we developed the West Acre concept.
“These homes go some way to meeting the housing requirements for our Island now and for future generations, and we have designed our homes to grow with families and give them the opportunity to extend them in the future.”