Highly controversial plans for an asphalt plant at West Cowes should be refused, according to the IW Council's Environmental Health department.
In a letter to the consultant working for applicant Eurovia Roadstone, Head of Planning Bill Murphy advises that there are "considerable reservations" from Environmental Health on the grounds of potential contamination and noise impact from the proposed plant.
Mr Murphy has now invited Eurovia to meet with planners for further discussions.
However, if they do not wish to meet, the IW Council will move forward with making a decision on the proposals and the report to the Planning Committee will reflect the concerns of Environmental Health officers.
He adds that there are "other issues" which need further exploration including the amount of time it would take for landscape mitigation measures to become effective.
Mr Murphy also said that many residents have raised issued about the impact on roads of the proposals.
In conclusion, Mr Murphy said that at the present time, environmental health recommends that the application be refused because:
• Insufficient information has been submitted and insufficient investigation has been carried out in respect of contaminated land and I am not satisfied that the applicants conclusions are satisfactorily justified.
• I disagree with the noise assessment and the absence of a 5dB acoustic correction factor and I am not satisfied that the effects of noise from the proposed development have been satisfactorily assessed and will consequentially not have a detrimental impact on residents. The WBM submission makes assumptions which are not clarified in sufficient detail in the application (design/cladding/attention to detail) so I am unconvinced that they will be achieved in practice.