MP Bob Seely has launched an online consultation to gather opinions about the Island Plan that sets out future development on the Isle of Wight.

MP Bob Seely has launched an online consultation to gather opinions about the Island Plan that sets out future development on the Isle of Wight.

Bob has said he opposes the plan in its present form because it includes a Government-imposed target of building 9,000 extra homes.

“This is an important document that really sets out the future for the Island and I would very much like to hear what my constituents think about it,” said Bob.

“The plan has some good proposals in it but the issue of housing numbers is crucial and I have several concerns, not least that this housing would be unaffordable for Islanders.

“We need affordable homes for people who live here, not large-scale developments for the south east housing market.

“I will be working with our strong Council team to see if we can present to Government a different approach to house-building that makes sure that we build housing for Islanders and also do so in more modest numbers that protects our quality of life and visitor economy.

“The Government target is simply undeliverable due to the lack of Island building capacity. We do not have the infrastructure to cope with such an increase. There is also no doubt, in my view, that large-scale housebuilding will damage our landscape, quality of life and the Island’s tourism and visitor economy.

“Finally, by accepting targets we cannot fulfil, the council leaves itself vulnerable to developers to force Greenfield development.”

Bob said he was continuing to talk to the council about the plan but he would like to know Islanders’ views through the consultation which can be accessed at: http://islandvision.uk/islandplan/