RYDE’S WEST ACRE PARK DEVELOPMENT FINALLY GIVEN PLANNING PERMISSION

A major 473-home development in Ryde will go ahead as it has now officially be given planning permission, 8 months since it was determined.

A motion to think again on the development was rejected at last night’s (Tuesday) Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee. Councillor Chris Jarman had asked the committee to reconsider the controversial application.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Jarman said concerned members had gained a wealth of new understanding and information since the decision was made in July, which enabled them to view the events with much greater clarity. He said:

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“This motion recognises none of us is perfect, we make mistakes, we can learn from them and have the chance to put them right.

“We have a duty to correctly follow practice and law and we were advised we did not.

“We must bring this tainted matter back, correct the failings and resolve to do right.”

Cllr Jarman said he did not seek to overturn the final decision but the process leading up to that.

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A report from the authority’s chief executive, John Metcalfe, in which independent legal advice was sought, says procedural allegations around the application do not raise significant legal issues. Should it reach a judicial review, it says, there is a defence for every point put to them.

Councillor Chris Quirk said the correct way for this to proceed was to let it go to judicial review to get a definitive answer, not an opinion, on the interpretations of the law. He said:

“We are going to continue to argue about these things … we need to have planning back on an even keel. This is a totally unsatisfactory way to proceed, it is not the way we have ever worked in the past. I think it is despicable and I am opposed to this motion.”

Councillor Matt Price, who chose not to vote in July, said over time he had become less convinced proper procedure had not been followed but thought it came before an inexperienced planning committee too quickly after the election.

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The decision was made at only the third meeting of the new planning committee, 3 months after the elections, which had 4 newly elected councillors on it.

Councillor Peter Spink, a new councillor but not on the committee at that time, said having watched the July meeting he was shocked and surprised by the amount of pressure the committee was put under by the planning officers. Meanwhile, Councillor Paul Brading, who was on the committee, said there was no pressure, it was just a difficult decision to make.

The vote split members of the planning committee with 4 in favour of the motion (Cllrs Dave Adams, Jarman, John Medland and Peter Spink) but 6 against (Cllrs Paul Brading, Geoff Brodie, Warren Drew, Martin Oliver, Quirk and Price) with 1 abstention (Cllr Michael Lilley).

Officers can now sign the section 106 agreement with developers Captiva Homes and formally issue the planning permission to get the ball rolling.

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bobthebuilder
bobthebuilder
4 months ago

good ryde is bloody horrid as is glad its there and not where i live im sure the remaining high qoulity infrustructure will be more than capable to handle it all…

Me me
Me me
Reply to  bobthebuilder
4 months ago

Nothing wrong with Ryde idiot

Only Me
Only Me
Reply to  Me me
4 months ago

Yes there is – it’s too crowded already. The loss of Westridge Farm, the Holliday Family and the wildlife will be too much to bear.

JHVF
JHVF
4 months ago

So will there be additional Doctors and Dentists etc. for yet another population increase ?? The Isle of Wight already falls well below the Government recommended ratios, so those guidelines are not being followed despite all the ‘hand wringing’ about procedures

Miss Sensible
Miss Sensible
Reply to  JHVF
4 months ago

Don’t ask silly questions ….
Of course there won’t these planners couldn’t organise a p *** up in a brewery let alone think any further than their pockets!!!
The concrete jungle jigsaw is slowly growing and not for the benefit of the island !!!!!

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Miss Sensible
4 months ago

It will be interesting to learn the sales information. How many islanders will be housed. How many homes were sold to mainland buyers! Will islanders be given priority over mainland buyers?

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
4 months ago

So, at a stroke of a pen.
4000 new islanders and
2000 new cars to the island roads.
Wonder why they did not build it in Bembridge ? Bit more space there.
Still, good business for mc Donalds.

Gerald Cardew
Gerald Cardew
Reply to  Ting tong from tooting
4 months ago

Where do the contractors live? They would hardly be tickled Pink if messing in their own back yard.

They have private education, and health care, so are not bothered by the masses waiting longer as they have a wonderful life on the profits they amass.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
4 months ago

clearly the council are idiots – there is no need for this at all – they are just destroying the environment to line their own pockets – disgusting creatures.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
4 months ago

as was said all along – the work at smallbrook junction was for this reason – despite lying councillors saying otherwise

Simon
Simon
4 months ago

Nothing like over populating the island just so someone can get rich, who got paid off this time.

Nothing but the truth
Nothing but the truth
4 months ago

The end is nigh!

My last comment on here, can’t read the stuff coming from this council anymore. Sick and tired of these decisions.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Nothing but the truth
4 months ago

those named councillors that supported this do run the risk of being accosted in the street by aggrieved locals – they stupidly approve 473 homes, when there aren’t enough spaces at doctors, dentists, schools and hospital already, not to mention the increase in rubbish, pollution and environmental destruction, as well as more congestion.

These people who approve these projects need removing from their jobs as they are not intelligent enough for them.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  isle of wighter
4 months ago

Very true. I totally agree with all your points. The poor Isle of Wight is in decline. The infrastructure won’t be able to cope. This Council don’t care about the island’s well being, no more than its cares about the residents well being.

Badger
Badger
4 months ago

Mac Donald’s will need a bigger site as it has already outgrown its present site with customers blocking highway where’s island roads when you need them?

plato
plato
4 months ago

Brilliant news! That means more Beryl escooters will be needed in Ryde. Win Win!

Chris
Chris
4 months ago

Remember the councillors that voted for this at the next election – disgraceful decision.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Chris
4 months ago

Don’t forget you have the opportunity to stand in council elections but like everyone moaning you are not prepared to try and change things by standing. You just sit around doing nothing and let these people make these decisions then nothing will change. So do something to stop it from continuing

Gerald Cardew
Gerald Cardew
Reply to  Steve
4 months ago

Unless you are in the Masons you will not make one jot of difference, this is deeper than most realise.

oldbutalive
oldbutalive
4 months ago

We didn’t have enough doctors, dentists, schools or a hospital capable of treating people before this ill advised planning application, so please councillors, how and when will you provide the necessary doctors, dentist school places and a hospital capable of treating people.
When?

Christina Tana
Christina Tana
4 months ago

Thank you Councillors as this will not affect you , just build your pockets up more , when will you learn . Hello. This island is already over populated , its sinking under your greed . So much of our beautiful island greenery gone already , soon there will be nothing left apart from the wildlife affected, more cars , pollution and holdups . Oh well I guess as your alright Jack.

Cambridge don
Cambridge don
4 months ago

Obviously the requisite brown envelopes will have reached their intended destinies.

Miss Sensible
Miss Sensible
4 months ago

Don’t worry Captiva will plant more tree’s !!!!!!..
Like in Rookley …..
The concrete jungle jigsaw is well underway!!!!!!
Never mind that we don’t have enough Services ……
Never mind the extra traffic….
Ooh but the Billy Bonus is the Council Get more money in their pot !!!!! Yay ….. Three cheers for them all …(NOT) ……

CHRISTINE STARLING
CHRISTINE STARLING
4 months ago

And the island gets even smaller! Soon it will be spoiled like Cornwall has been with masses of new builds to profit the few and spoil the Island for many.

JIK
JIK
4 months ago

Out of these 473 houses how many will be for the council to house families on low income on the Island and l mean Islanders and not those from the mainland. I can’t see a doctor and my NHS dentist no longer exists how on earth is this small Island going to cope??? I thought this council would be good how wrong could l be

Art
Art
Reply to  JIK
4 months ago

Sadly those on low income or benefits usually have the most offsrping, despite contraception being free.

They KNOW that having children makes them financially better off, will ensure a roof over their heads, and can then choose whether to work 20 hrs per week to claim the max U/C or live well on full state aid, as rent heavily subsidised in either scenario.

Fact.

So those whinging are ‘the problem’, by selfishly bringing into this world children that ‘they’ can’t afford and expect others to fund their carelessness.

Kidders
Kidders
4 months ago

More American-style suburbia? I guess it makes sense as Isle of Wight is a massive place expanding its landmass every single day, soon we’ll be a whole separate continent, so we should definitelycopycat from US and not a country that tries to effectively work their small area like the Netherlands.

Wight Knight
Wight Knight
4 months ago

Quote: ‘. . . it came before an inexperienced planning committee too quickly after the election’.
So – an admission that the planning committee IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE but goes ahead anyway!
And the tragic destruction of our Island continues apace. Appalling.

Noodles
Noodles
4 months ago

Yeah just what we need another 1000 people moving here more cars when is the hospital going to get a extension built and a bigger car park

JOHN YOUNG
JOHN YOUNG
4 months ago

JUST NOTE FOLKS THE COUNCILLORS WHO VOTED FOR THE BUILDING OF 475 HOUSES ARE ADAMS, JARMAN,MEDLAND,SPINK , MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THE RESIDENTS WHO ARE AGAINST THIS DEVELOPMENT MAKE THEMSELVES HEARD A1 MAKE SURE THEIR OPINIONS KNOWN 2 DON’T VOTE THEM IN THE NEXT ELECTION. SOMETHING VERY FUNNY GOING ON FOUR IN FAVOUR 6 AGAINST, THIS MUST MEAN THE APP FAILED OR DOES IT ??

Walter Sobchak
Walter Sobchak
Reply to  JOHN YOUNG
4 months ago

You got it the wrong way round John, The motion was to think again on the application!
‘4 in favour of the motion (Cllrs Dave Adams, Jarman, John Medland and Peter Spink) but 6 against (Cllrs Paul Brading, Geoff Brodie, Warren Drew, Martin Oliver, Quirk and Price) with 1 abstention (Cllr Michael Lilley)’.
As usual, Brodie the habitual house building addict!

Incredible !!
Incredible !!
4 months ago

And booking a ferry will be even more difficult.. just think when these people are out shopping… where they going to park… How long will queue be to get into Newport ??

Despondant
Despondant
4 months ago

Won’t be voting for Adams again thought he was against all these builds like he was against the one facing his own house that now seems not to be happening !!!

TOTALLY WRONG !
TOTALLY WRONG !
Reply to  Despondant
4 months ago

Councillor Adams voted for the motion to try and overturn the planning application – he was on your side

Alan
Alan
4 months ago

Be interesting to see who mans the new surgery that they said will be built plus the other carrots, and how many houses for lower paid local people?

Terry
Terry
4 months ago

Councillors can spiel forever, but I don’t think you’ll ever convince the general public that there is no corruption within those planning office walls.

 

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