“WE NEED TO DEVELOP A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE ISLAND” SAYS MP OVER HOUSING TARGETS

Bob Seely has spoken at a meeting of the Isle of Wight Council’s Draft Island Planning Strategy Task and Finish Group to reiterate the need for the Isle of Wight Council to plead ‘exceptional circumstances’ which will allow for greater local planning control and reduced housing targets.

Speaking at the meeting on Thursday, Mr Seely said:

“I believe that the Island should make the case for genuine ‘exceptional circumstances’ in housing need. This would mean creating an Island housing needs assessment, complementing the Council’s work evidencing the Island’s delivery constraints.

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“The Government has informed me of the potential viability of the exceptional circumstances approach.

“The current method used to generate housing targets is not appropriate for calculating the Island’s current or future needs. More generally, we need to develop a more sustainable future for the Island.

Bob has gone on to say:

“The IW Council plans to accept, in practice, the current targets, but to argue that the Island cannot meet those targets. I believe that the Island should, in principle, argue for exceptional circumstances and NOT accept the current numbers on principle as well as arguing that it cannot build the numbers required.

“The Island does not have the infrastructure, public services or inward investment to support the proposed housing targets. Our current housing targets are unachievable; despite having over 2000 dwellings permissioned and unbuilt, at no point during the last decade has Island development met the new target. Simply put, I believe we cannot build enough homes to meet a target any higher than 300-400 homes per year.

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“The Council plans to accept a housing target of approx. 480 homes per year. It will not achieve this target and will simply set itself up for failure, allowing developers to potentially run riot over the Island’s countryside. We must not accept a target we cannot achieve.

“Furthermore, the Island’s undeveloped landscape must be better protected. This would involve a significantly lower proportion of greenfield development. To protect our landscape, the Island requires recognition and support for wider statutory designations. This includes options for expanding the Island’s AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), or creating an ‘Island Park’ designation, which could be tailored to our specific needs. Protections should include recognition of the Island’s landscape as a UNESCO biosphere and of the importance of sustainable interaction with the environment.

“In addition, whilst the updated policy on high-quality design is welcome, this is an opportunity for the Council to strategically coordinate with local communities and designers to transform the standard and character of the properties we build.

“Summing up, the Island needs housing; for Islanders, in sensitive numbers, in existing communities, in a recognisable Island style. What it does NOT need is generic, low density, car dependent, carbon inefficient, environmentally damaging, sprawl housing estates which destroy the landscape, are not built for Islanders and damage the Island’s economy and quality of life.”

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Pistonbroke
Pistonbroke
22 days ago

“What it does NOT need is generic, low density, car dependent, carbon inefficient, environmentally damaging, sprawl housing estates which destroy the landscape, are not built for Islanders and damage the Island’s economy and quality of life.” Good on you Bob!

Mmmm
Mmmm
22 days ago

Must admit I don’t really get this anymore. The special circumstances request seems the right thing to do, but the council seemingly don’t want to do this.

Is this because they have 2000+ people on their housing lists?

But then they are approving building for holiday homes, retirements, and big housing estates for all comers.

Something very very wrong here, and this new plan doesn’t sort it out.

Hope Springs
Hope Springs
Reply to  Mmmm
21 days ago

The Council have access to low-cost funding to build the social housing we need, but prefer to buy warehouses in Kent.

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
22 days ago

Well said “here here”.
You should be our MP.
Who is actually in charge of the island ?
Who makes the main decisions ?
Who has the finale say ?
If it is the council, why bother having an MP. Why don’t the council and Bob join forces and just say “no” we are not doing what you demand.
What would be the consequences,
and how and why would they get punished for following the will of the people ?

Confused
Confused
Reply to  Ting tong from tooting
21 days ago

Who are you talking to? Bob is the MP. Or are they still removing comments?

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
Reply to  Confused
20 days ago

I was in fact commenting on the main article and bobs “speech”, and then I was asking you guys, who are in charge, Bob or council.
And yes, I know that Bob is our MP.
( I was just jessing).
And is that your real name…? X

Bojosays?
Bojosays?
22 days ago

Why wasn’t good old Bob fined for breaking lock down rules?
A clear case of 1 rule for the rich, and another for us minions

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
Reply to  Bojosays?
21 days ago

Why don’t you get a life and stick to the topic in hand, and just out of curiosity who do you personally know that has been fined for breaking lock down rules? No one !

Old school.
Old school.
22 days ago

Go for it Bob! We certainly dont need to be buried beneath concrete.

rodney burt
rodney burt
22 days ago

Everyone has fingers in the pie so nothing will change

Sunshine
Sunshine
21 days ago

The planning department at County Hall need to ‘team up’ with Bob. Well said Bob.

fred
fred
21 days ago

Need more housing, essential services already suffering as people who have found work on the island can’t move here so don’t take the job. The NIMBY lot can’t see that. They only see their house prices going up. Need more houses, but of the right kind and not built on cheap and easy farm land.

Walter Sobchak
Walter Sobchak
21 days ago

Bob Seely Quote: ‘Summing up, the Island needs housing; for Islanders… etc etc’
Meanwhile, over in Wellow, the Chairman of Shalfleet Parish Council wants to build 16 ‘market value’ properties in the village. 

The dirty bounder
The dirty bounder
21 days ago

It is a shame that our Government can’t seem, or more likely don’t wish to control illegal immigration into the UK.

Whilst foreign workers are useful in many jobs, it is of little gain to the UK if ‘one’ works, but we need to house their large family at our expense of the ‘one’ worker, paying in little in tax, zero in rent and council tax, and then we fund the whole familes NHS, education and housing costs for the rest of time.

Surely ‘work visas’ as we used to have are the answer?

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