REFUSAL OF PERMISSION FOR LAKE BUNGALOW SEES APPLICANT GO TO THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE

Plans for a bungalow in Lake — which were refused twice by the Isle of Wight Council — are being appealed to the government.

Applicants, the WS Group, has repeatedly tried to get permission to build a 2-bedroom bungalow on vacant land between the Premier Inn and Broadlea Primary School’s field.

Now it is arguing the bungalow is much-needed due to the under-delivery of housing on the Island and it would not have the negative impacts the Isle of Wight Council said it would.

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The council’s planning authority had originally deemed the scheme inappropriate due to its position, scale and design in 2019. Revised plans were submitted, asking the council to propose solutions to any issues it might have instead of rejecting the application outright.

Council officers, however, rejected the plans again in March this year, saying it remained largely unchanged and fell on 4 of the 5 grounds it previously did.

Not accepting the decision, the WS Group has appealed the council’s decision to the government’s watchdog, the Planning Inspectorate. The appeal was lodged against the Isle of Wight Council in April but the investigation into the application only started last month.

Planning agent, acting on behalf of the group, LRJ Planning, said the concerns of the planning authority on the impact of the public right of way, character and appearance of the area are ‘not accepted’.

It is argued, with the council being told to favour sustainable development, due to the underprovision of housing, the bungalow would have no adverse impact that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh its benefits.

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Addressing further objections, LRJ Planning said it would be sustainably located and there would not be detrimental to pedestrian safety.

The appeal is currently being considered by the Planning Inspectorate but no decision date has yet been set.

Louis Tudor-Smith, owner of WS Group, is facing charges from the Isle of Wight Council for failing to comply with planning enforcement notices on nearby land in Lake.

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isle of wighter
isle of wighter
2 months ago

building more houses is not in keeping with the climate change strategy, as the field is needed to ensure plant life can continue to remove C02 from the atmosphere – the individual behind WS Group, which is registered as london based, do not even appear to live on the island – LRJ Planning is based in Wales.

these non residents are hell bent on wrecking the islands greenlands and ability to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, as well as creating more pressure on our infrastructure and more demand on our services whilst living miles away, unaffected by the mess they are trying to create.

the council must stick to its decision – NO!

liz
liz
Reply to  isle of wighter
2 months ago

here here…why you got thumbs down for that God knows! one bungalow isnt gona too make a housing crisis dent but will spoil that land it on.we have too mant overspill here already that demsnd houses.enough extra greedy builders please

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  liz
2 months ago

yep – probably the individual trying to build yet another house, for yet more people, at the expense of the environment who voted it down.

money over climate clearly.

Fedup
Fedup
Reply to  isle of wighter
2 months ago

Very true Mr Tudor is not used to being told “no”! By anyone!

The Truth
The Truth
Reply to  isle of wighter
2 months ago

Info: fields don’t remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

Only Me
Only Me
Reply to  The Truth
2 months ago

They so if left to themselves, storing carbon in their roots, resulting in the soil becoming a “carbon sink”.

ian johnson
ian johnson
2 months ago

This all makes me wonder-just why is this plot of land so very important? I bet that if they get approval, more will follow in the same area. This cannot be allowes; well done Isle of Wight council for what you have achieved so far. Don’t change tack now on this please.

Colleen
Colleen
2 months ago

I dont see the problem, better than estates being built

Firthy
Firthy
Reply to  Colleen
2 months ago

NOT ‘instead of’ BUT ‘as well as’, BEING the problem

 

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