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brickfieldsplanningnewnham4An application by Island firm Reynolds and Read to transform the former Brickfields equestrian centre in Binstead into a depot for heavy good vehicles has been refused by the Isle of Wight Council.

Massive public uproar erupted when the firm resubmitted their plans to the Isle of Wight Council’s planning department back in January, with over 300 letters of objection filed against the previous application back in October of last year.

Now, Council officials have refused the application once again on the grounds that the reasons for refusal previously have not been addressed. The Isle of Wight Council Planning Committee last night (Tuesday) voted against the application by 6 votes to 2 with 1 abstention.

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Despite the opposition from the likes of Ryde Town Council and the Isle of Wight Rambler’s Association, and the previous two applications, the plant hire company have continued their battle to transform the rural site into a storage and distribution facility, relocating and consolidating their plant and vehicle operations from existing premises at Blackwater, Rookley and Duxmore.

Many locals feared that if planning permission was given, the company would have freedom to grow thus extending fears of the suitability of the roads surrounding the site.

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