Comments to the Isle of Wight Council on the application closed last week and objectors have been making their feelings known in droves. So far, no supportive comments have been registered with the council.
One objector said the proposed development would represent a totally improper use of a valued greenfield site, which is much loved by the local community. Another said developing the field would destroy the character of the area for all future generations by coalescing an urban area from Pier Road to Nettlestone.
Plans were submitted by agents Fowler Architecture and Planning last month, on behalf of Eton College, saying the development represents a ‘logical in-fill extension of the existing settlement’. It wants to build 9x 2 to 4-bed houses and bungalows on the site, known locally as the Donkey Field.
Island Roads has already lodged its objection to the development saying it would increase traffic use through substandard junctions and along a substandard access road, to the detriment of highways safety.
Last year, a 150-year-old oak tree was felled on the site in preparation for a housing application, something Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said he was appalled over. In a letter to the Isle of Wight Council stating his objections, Mr Seely said Eton had shown a depressing disregard to the community and environment and there there was no clear need for the housing proposed.
You can view the plans, 21/01776/FUL on the council’s planning register.
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