SEELY SAYS WHITWELL HOUSING SCHEME IS DESIGNED ‘FOR PROFIT NOT PEOPLE’

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely.

The Isle of Wight’s MP has joined the dozens of residents objecting to plans to build 24 houses and an access road off Whitwell High Street, saying the plans put ‘profit ahead of people’.

Concerns highlighted by residents include an increased risk of flooding, the inappropriately urban nature of the design, resident safety, and the loss of wildlife habitat.

The application has also been met with objections from Niton and Whitwell Parish Council and countryside charity CPRE with a number of concerns about the development also being raised by the Environment Agency, Hampshire Constabulary and Island Roads.

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Mr Seely has said Whitwell is not a suitable location for a large-scale housing development and has suggested there are many alternative sites that could be more appropriate for development. He has said:

“This is yet another example of a housing development designed for profit, not people.

“These are all market houses with not a single one guaranteed to be affordable – it is all about making profit rather than meeting local need and it will be existing residents and the surrounding environment that will pay the price if this application is approved.

“New homes must be built, wherever possible, in areas that come with access to services, employment opportunities and public transport.

“There are brownfield sites across the Island in desperate need of development which could address the housing needs of Islanders young and old. New homes must be built with people and communities in mind.”

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Mr Seely says residents are understandably concerned about the increase in traffic and the risk of flooding to their properties and has urged the Planning Committee to carefully consider the views of residents before making their decision.

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Banner
1 month ago

…. and it’s a bit too close to his house

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

Its most likely all ready set in stone Bob. The council planning will have agreed this last year. They are ony going through the motions to make it look real.

Sunshine
Sunshine
1 month ago

If people like the Environment Agency have stated, this is unsuitable, WHY is the building still going ahead then? Why have the Planning Department ignored sound advice?

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
1 month ago

sack the planning committee and investigate them, if they approve anything

no need for more houses

Bob Tanner
Bob Tanner
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

Sadly, people don’t see a connection between the UK’s massive intake of newcomers to the ruination of village life here.

Yet as more people fill areas of the mainland, all too often the locals then, no longer happy to live there, then come to places like the Island to settle.

Hence the pressure then adds to the ruination of our greenfield sites, and greed of developers and well thanked planners rule.

Wake up Britain and see the problem at its source

YJC
YJC
1 month ago

It doesn’t seem to matter if our MP, Parish Councils or how many impacted residents object the island is getting built on at an alarming rate. It is always about profit.

Smell the coffee
Smell the coffee
1 month ago

Is he really saying 24 houses is a large-scale housing development?

Wish he had made more of a fuss about the 473 house scheme on greenfield approved recently in Ryde.

It’ll get knocked back if Island Roads have issues.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
1 month ago

Another piece of the concrete jigsaw !!!!!
How many houses have been built this year (if anyone knows I would be grateful )
It doesn’t matter if it is 2 / 24 etc it all adds up to the jigsaw of the concrete jungle …..
And as so many of us have said before our infrastructure services 1Hospital Dr’s Lack of NHS Dentists ,social care etc etc is already stretched to breaking point …….
And the island is still the same size !!!!!!!!!

Bob Tanner
Bob Tanner
Reply to  Miss sensible
1 month ago

How many migrants come with a home or the land, or for that matter the money, on which to place it on or to buy an existing home? So as they fill the UK, then many of the mainland residents are displaced not wishing to live with a culture they no longer feel at home in. Many then choose places like here, where SO far numbers are low, but these displace Brits then add to OUR woes.

YJC
YJC
1 month ago

20 new properties built near me.30 more cars exiting onto a busy main road.60 or more pedestrians crossing the main road and more people crossing to get to the bus stop. Including in rush hour.Island Roads agree with a pedestrian crossing being installed but have to forward that suggestion onto the IW Council as presumably they have to pay for it.The developer was obliged to put in a new bus stop so it would have made sense for them to put in a pedestrian crossing.This should have been a planning permission consideration.It is impossible to cross the road without traffic bearing down on you even if it is clear when you step off the pavement.

Fred
Fred
1 month ago

It’s only 24 houses not 900.the village is dying we lost our shop , reduced bus service etc , it’s who you are/know in Whitwell parish council not whether good or bad. Focus on reducing the speeding in the village and safe footways.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  Fred
1 month ago

Well 24 houses could mean 48 cars to speed through the village !.
And as for a local shop if you as a local don’t use it you lose it …..

Stupidity rules
Stupidity rules
1 month ago

I thought ball house building companies were building just for profit..

What price is AFFORDABLE for LOCAL residents, not tourists or second home buyers..

And where are these alleged buyers going to work ?

Stupidity rules
Stupidity rules
1 month ago

Sorry ALL House building companies… type error

 

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