MP Bob Seely has objected to plans that would allow for 117 new homes to be built alongside a new Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in Gurnard. In his objection, he referred to the plans as an ‘unnecessary loss of agricultural land’.
The development is proposed on a greenfield site off Cordelia Gardens, Tuttons Hill and Cockleton Lane closing the gap between Gurnard, Cowes and Northwood.
Mr Seely attended a public meeting in Gurnard Village Hall on 27 September which highlighted the plans to residents.
He said: “Having looked at the plans and listened to feedback from residents, I have submitted my own objections to these plans.
“This is exactly the sort of development that we don’t need. It’s not in the right place, the infrastructure is not there, and it doesn’t meet local housing need.
“The proposed SANG seems to me to have been put forward to soften the reaction to this development, but it’s completely unnecessary.
“We can’t allow developers to continue to concrete over our countryside removing natural boundaries that separate villages. This has got to stop.”
In his objections, Mr Seely also said the proposal was contrary to the aims of the Gurnard Neighbourhood Plan and didn’t do enough to support local education, healthcare and community facilities.
The Island’s MP has been urging the Isle of Wight Council to agree a new Island Plan as quickly as possible to allow for more controlled development across the Island.
Islanders wishing to submit objections to the plans (23/01430/FUL) are encouraged to do so by Friday 6 October.