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Members of the Sovereign Housing Association development and housing teams met with Cllr Chris Whitehouse, representative of the Newport West Ward on the Isle of Wight Council, and Cllr Peter Whiteman, Parish Councillor for Newport West, yesterday (Monday) to discuss plans for a new affordable housing development at Taylor Road.

If developed by Sovereign, the site, formerly part of Carisbrooke College, will provide 38 new 2 and 3-bed homes for local people.

Councillor Whitehouse was keen to meet with team members to raise concerns about access to the new site leading to increased traffic in the area.

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He said:

“Local residents were deeply perturbed by the original proposal to open the new development directly into Purdy Road. During a constructive discussion, we left Sovereign management in no doubt about the road safety dangers of such a move and the opposition of the local community. I’m confident our robust representations will be heeded and that we can work with Sovereign to mitigate the impact of their proposal.”

Liz Evans, Project Manager for Sovereign, said:

“We showed the councillors the plans for the site and talked through various options for access. As a result of the consultation held earlier this year, and this discussion, we’re going to explore new ways of getting in and out of the proposed development, as well as holding further meetings with the council’s property services and highways teams.

“We’ll hold a second public consultation to share our proposals later in the year. We want to make sure that our developments meet the needs of the local community and their representatives, which is why we are always keen to hear the views of those living in the area.”

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