35 homes have been planned for a South Wight village

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Planning agents BCM, on behalf of their client, Westoak Homes, have submitted an application for outline planning consent for 35 houses on a greenfield site, between Chatfeild Road and Allotment Road on the edge of Niton.

The proposed development site is opposite a nine-house project currently under construction. According to the new proposal, less than half of the 11-acre (4.5-hectare) site, currently an open field, would be developed. The remainder would be transformed into public open space, featuring two ponds to attract wildlife and a public car park. The new buildings would be situated at the southern end of the site, adjacent to existing properties.

The development would have vehicle access from both Chatfeild Road and Allotment Road, positioned as close to the village as possible. Additionally, it would link into existing public rights of way to encourage walking and cycling.

The proposed properties would include a mix of two- to four-bedroomed detached, semi-detached, and terraced houses, with 35 per cent designated as affordable housing, available for sale or rent.

Currently, there are six public comments opposing the scheme. Concerns raised include traffic, parking, village infrastructure, sewage and drainage, and the potential change to the village’s character. Some consultees have warned that the proposal should be viewed with caution, suggesting that the developer might seek to develop the remaining open space with more houses in the future.

Island Roads has commented that there is insufficient information to assess the safety and suitability of the access onto Chatfeild Road.

The plans can be found under reference 24/00798/OUT on the Isle of Wight Council’s planning portal. Public comments are open until July 19.