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Plans to extend a housing estate have raised fears among locals, who say their roads are already a ‘rat run’ and that they dread an increase in traffic.

Their comments come as plans are lodged, by developer Gallantgreen, for 20 more houses between Mountbatten Drive and Sylvan Drive, on the edge of Newport and Carisbrooke.

There is also the potential for hundreds more on adjacent land.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Speaking at a meeting of Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council, earlier this week, a resident of Hazel Close said they have already approached local schools, the council, police and Island Roads but their ‘cries for help have been shot down in flames’.

The community council has now joined residents calling for the greenfield housing plans to be rejected, saying there are a lot of unanswered questions and unknowns about the proposed development.

Permission was granted, over 20 years ago, for more than 200 houses on the same land, but these were never built.

The owner of nearby Kitbridge Farm, which originally owned the land sold to developers, spoke of concerns about the potential impact on the sewage system.

The Hazel Close resident said school-run traffic is already dangerous and residents ‘faced abuse’ for asking drivers not to park across their driveways.

The community council said a lack of information about pedestrian safety was one reason it would object to the application.

Isle of Wight County Press: The later stage of development highlighted in purple. Image by BCM.The later stage of development highlighted in purple. Image by BCM. (Image: BCM)

The council also said it would have a ‘negative impact on existing public rights of way’, as well as habitats, highways and traffic flow.

Councillors felt there could be an over development of the site and an increased risk of flooding.

They said there was little evidence of affordable housing plans.

Councillors urged residents to comment on the application, 23/01410/FUL until October 6, on the Isle of Wight Council’s website.


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