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Island Plan 2019

Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Historical Map: iow.gov.uk

The new Island Plan calls for an extra 10,000 houses

CPRE IW believes this scale of construction is neither desirable nor achievable.  We welcome the IW Council's initiative to set an appropriate level of new homes for our Island.

CPRE IW is campaigning in response to the Isle of Wight Council’s 2018/19 draft Local Plan, which proposed building nearly 10,000 new homes in a 15 year period, destroying hundreds of acres of much loved Island Countryside.

CPRE IW is calling on the Isle of Wight Council to revisit the draft Plan, seeking exceptional circumstances from the national planning policy framework (NPPF), and adopt a better local Isle of Wight Plan founded on:

  • Protecting the Island’s rural landscape with a presumption against greenfield development in all but exceptional circumstances
  • Focusing on the housing needs of Islanders and promoting more balanced Island population demographics
  • Supporting a vibrant and balanced Island economy

 For more information, see the attached press release and the independent demographic report.

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