I welcome the Island Plan but oppose the housing targets for the Isle of Wight.
This housing is not being built for Islanders and will be unaffordable for most Islanders. It is undeliverable due to the lack of Island building capacity. We do not have the infrastructure to cope. Large-scale housebuilding will damage our landscape, quality of life and the Island’s tourism and visitor economy. By accepting targets the Island fulfil, the Council leaves itself vulnerable to developers to force greenfield development. There is no public support amongst Islanders for large-scale house-building which is not for Islanders.
I support house-building for Islanders in smaller numbers that will protect our environment and quality of life.