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Controversial Ryde Housing Plan Decision To Be Made This Month

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022 12:34pm

By Louise Hill, LDR Reporter

A decision will be made later this month on whether to allow housing on a controversial site on the edge of Ryde.

More than 180 objections have been lodged against the 50-home scheme on Puckpool Hill, which is coming before the Isle of Wight Council for the third time in 18 months.

The outline plans for up to 50 homes have been recommended for conditional approval by planning officers.

They were first submitted by the RJB SIBA Trust in November 2020 but have been revised to include affordable homes and address other concerns.

However, since the plans were first tabled, 181 objections have been submitted and include complaints about the scheme from the Island’s MP Bob Seely, the IW Badger Trust, IW Bat Group as well as CPRE IW.

The three nearest town and parish councils — Ryde, St Helens and Nettlestone and Seaview — have all also objected to the development, citing a loss of valuable green space, the loss of wildlife habitats and an overdevelopment.

Only one supportive comment has been submitted.

The application seeks to find out whether the nature of development is acceptable but would only approve the scheme’s access.

The officers say the development would change the character and appearance of the site but the suburban, semi-rural character of the area would be complemented and enhanced by the plans.

Neighbours in Woodlands Close have raised concerns the housing would be visually intrusive and overbearing but officers say this could be mitigated through later applications to ensure adequate separation and an intervening landscape buffer.

They say the development could be accommodated within the site without any detriment to neighbouring amenities.

Officers are recommending if the outline housing application is approved then it is subject to 20 conditions.

The Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee is being asked to determine the application at their next meeting on Tuesday June 21.