Residents in the rural village of Brighstone have successfully fought against a planning application to build 57 dwellings, including sheltered housing, on a 10 acre piece of agricultural land known locally as Blanchards.
Villagers were left shocked and angry when the plans, put forward by Christopher Scott on behalf of John Cheverton, were revealed and planning permission was requested without any real consultation with residents.
The Isle of Wight Council have refused planning permission for the development, much to the joy of those opposing, saying it would not conserve, enhance and promote the protected landscape of the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or the Brighstone Village Conservation Area.
Listing their reasons for refusing Mr Cheverton’s application, the Isle of Wight Council’s Planning Department said:
“The layout of the proposed development is not to a sufficiently high standard of design with particular reference to the siting and orientation of the proposed dwellings, access roads and footways, which would result in an adverse visual impact which is out of keeping with the character and appearance of this rural settlement. The proposed layout also fails to minimise the risk of crime.”
The refusal notice also notes that, according to the plot plan, fire pumping appliances from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service would not be able to reach certain areas of the development due to the layout of the access roads.
The Brighstone Village Society would like thank all in support for their fantastic support.
Back in 2010, a similar proposal was put forward, however, much like this time around, planning permission was refused when 84% of the village opposed the application.
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