Photo: Abandoned Isle of Wight

REDEVELOPMENT OF CAMP HILL NO LONGER A PRIORITY FOR THE COUNCIL

The development of the now deserted Camp Hill prison in Parkhurst is ‘not a priority’ for the new Isle of Wight Council.

Despite infrastructure improvements and a hope to build more than 1,000 homes on the brownfield site in Parkhurst, deputy leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Ian Stephens, told the neighbourhoods and regeneration scrutiny committee earlier this week that the Alliance administration is ‘not looking towards’ Camp Hill.

Looking at the progress the council’s housing strategy has made in the last year, Cllr Stephens was asked whether there were any items at risk. Cllr Stephens highlighted one area of the strategy, which was put together by the previous Conservative administration, to work with the Ministry of Justice to bring forward the key strategic housing site to deliver homes in the next 10 years.

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Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Stephens said it was not one of the administration’s priorities, with other sites to focus on. These are the former Island Learning Centre, in Lake; Thompson House in Gatcombe and the former Weston Academy in Totland, providing around 70 homes. The council has just been given nearly £1million to invest in and build houses on the 3 brownfield sites.

The former Tory administration wanted to turn Camp Hill into a ‘garden village’, with an estimated 1,500 homes but it seems all of that hard work has gone to waste.

The re-working of the St Mary’s Roundabout into a junction was done partially with the major development in mind to cope with the future increase in traffic.

A £6.3million deal had been brokered between the Isle of Wight Council and the Ministry of Justice to take over some of the prison estate’s neglected highways and bring them up to scratch. It was hoped, at the time, the deal could help strengthen the partnership between the 2 and make Camp Hill available for purchase.

Work has since started to improve the roads.

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isle of wighter
isle of wighter
8 days ago

good – do something else with it – anything but building a 1000 houses, to ensure that another two or three thousand people and another 1000 cars are not piling onto forest road each day.

colin.barton
colin.barton
8 days ago

Another joke? This so called alliance , I can’t see it being around much longer!

Alver Stone
Alver Stone
8 days ago

One wonders if the council have little interest in this project because, for their developer friends, it is far far more profitable to turn cheap, greenfield sites into millions of pounds when building permission is surprisingly granted, whereas brownfield sites are already more expensive to purchase and costly to develop due to the existing buildings and infrastructre already there.

So for them better to ruin virgin fields, than already squalid and unsightly areas such as this.

oldbutalive
oldbutalive
8 days ago

Makes you wonder if they have found asbestos or contaminated soil that will be extremely expensive to rectify.

Wtf
Wtf
7 days ago

Not likely to build on camp hill site as prison is going to re open

Terry
Terry
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7 days ago

So it appears that the Millions spent on St Marys Roundabout system was unnecassary then

 

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