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West Acre Park - Controversial New Housing Scheme

West Acre Park West Acre Park Credit: Westridge Village (IOW)

West Acre Park - loss of green fields in Ryde

8th August 2020. Isle of Wight CPRE is greatly concerned by this proposal to build 475 new houses on green fields.   An overview here, courtesy of IW Radio.

Al Haig Thomas, chairman of CPRE IW, said there is a long history of local residents campaigning against the development:

“It is highly disappointing to see developers now attempting to destroy what remains of one of the Island’s few remaining dairy farms, separating Ryde from Nettlestone.

“Let’s be clear – there is nothing ‘sustainable’ about lowest-common-denominator greenfield development on this scale – the Island’s undeveloped countryside is a finite resource we cannot plunder indefinitely.

“Consideration of this development is only possible because of flawed Island housing targets which serve people looking to move to the Island – not the needs or views of Islanders.

“We therefore welcome the Isle of Wight Council’s recent decision to challenge central government housing targets.

“Hopefully this can be be the first step in resetting the Island’s planning policy to serve the needs of Islanders and stop the wanton destruction of our much valued rural landscape.”


CPRE IW is carefully considering the details of the planning application and will be sending a series of objections to IW Council in due course.

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