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WHAT AN ETON MESS! 150 OBJECTORS SAY NO TO COLLEGE’S PLANS FOR DONKEY FIELD

More than 150 objections to Eton College’s greenfield housing plans in Seaview have been submitted.

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.

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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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isle of wighter
isle of wighter
1 month ago

ETON another two faced organisation – that promotes itself as…

A modern, forward-thinking school that embraces innovation and new opportunities to provide an outstanding, progressive and well-rounded education.
..

however, peel back the carefully polished veneer and you find an organisation that his hell bent on destroying the natural habitats of creatures, reducing the ability of the Island to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, intent on creating more congestion, more demand on the islands infrastructure and creating more mess and pollution, through by building houses on greenfields, whilst living many miles away and unaffected. Hypocrites

tom
tom
1 month ago

Will anyone be prosecuted for felling that tree? I thought they were protected? Should be.

Seeing the view in that photo is why they want to build. Will all become second homes or retirement homes for people from the mainland. Nothing for the younger generation born and bred on the island.

Alan
Alan
Reply to  tom
1 month ago

Trees are protected only if they have a preservation order on them. A 150 year old Oak is basically a teenager.

Brian
Brian
1 month ago

More greedy development, tbh sick of it, these developers, investors, won’t be satisfied until every field and bit of Greenland is built on. Never a thought for the infrastructure of the island that can’t cope, not a thought about altering the water table by uprooting hedges and trees (new development in Brighstone example), carbon footprint??? Developers and investors don’t give two hoots as long as they line their coffers.

JOHN YOUNG
JOHN YOUNG
1 month ago

YOU WILL GET THE RESPONSE AS DID THE 4000 WHO VOTED AGAINST THE ALTERATIONS TO RYDE ESPLANADE THE PLANNERS HAVE THEIR OWN RULES AND REGS

 

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