Planning Applications & Guidance
The Planning Committee will not be meeting in public due to the Coronavirus situation and advice from Government on gatherings. The Committee will be holding remote meetings via Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed by the public, see agenda for details. We recommend residents make their own comments on the IWC Planning Website https://www.iow.gov.uk/planning/ .
Isle of Wight Planning Press List
Campaign for our Community
Q&A WITH BOB SEELY M.P.
Our Island is currently facing a grave threat from an Isle of Wight Council 2018/19 consultation plan that represents a manifesto of destruction of our much loved Island character and landscape – with the proposed building of nearly 10,000 new homes in a 15 year period, destroying hundreds of acres of much-loved Island countryside and with no provisions for jobs, infrastructure or community balance. The IWC plan includes a provision for 180 homes in Bembridge, despite the objections of our community and Parish Council.
IWC is bending to pressure from National Government to accede to a plan which is flawed and not tied into our Island’s needs. The plan represents an assault on our democracy, removing community control of planning, notwithstanding the solid record of our Bembridge Parish Council for achievement of social objectives including delivery of half the Island’s stock of affordable housing over the past few years .Our MP Bob Seely shares the view that we need a new Island plan and has made this his #1 issue. Our communities are under time pressure to oppose
the IWC plan before it puts National targets ahead of community priorities Bob Seely MP will discuss how our Island communities can re-gain control of the development agenda. Bob is taking time to meet with villages across the Island, including Wellow, Brading, St Helens and others.
What would the currently proposed IWC plan mean?
o A massive increase in greenfield building, threatening the Island’s rural character and landscape forever
o Unprecedented pressure on our limited Island infrastructure, including roads, utilities, healthcare & education services
o A hugely imbalanced community – should the IWC plan go ahead, the Island would become one of the most demographically unbalanced counties in England by 2034 – with over 40% of the population over 60. This would place unprecedented strain on an already stretched social security and care system
o Damage to the Island’s tourism industry and wider economy
But isn’t there a housing crisis, and don’t Islanders need these new homes?
o The IWC plan claims to “reflect the needs of Islanders” and justifies the destruction of our landscapes to “deliver the housing we need”, but it is not for local people at all! The Island’s local population is in decline with c. 500 fewer Island births than deaths per year – meaning we don’t need massive development to serve local needs
o 9,615 new homes are actually planned to serve those looking to move from elsewhere in the UK – the forecasts that underlie the Plan’s housing target show demand for Island housing is driven by migration of off-Island retirees and others on social benefits
Can’t we just object to the wrong planning applications, and why do we need a whole new Island plan?
o It’s a myth that individuals, community groups, Parish or even the County Councils have the ability to object to a specific development if the wrong local plan is in place
o Developers and landowners have become most adept at holding councils hostage to their plans and forcing through development nobody else wants
What might a better Island plan look like?
o Our Island deserves a positive local plan that serves local needs – not external demand. The Island does not need and cannot cope with 9,615 new homes. Instead of chasing flawed targets, we need to decouple from the National Planning Policy Framework and develop a bespoke and positive local plan that:
o Serves local needs above external demand – focus on providing affordable housing for those already living here
o Listens to local views – residents, community groups and parish councils frequently object to large greenfield developments, but they are ignored
o Values the Island’s unique environment, landscapes and rural communities as worth defending – protecting only environmentally designated sites whilst otherwise building on green fields is not good enough
o Recognises that our Island deserves ”exceptional circumstances” – tying housing targets to investment in jobs and infrastructure, including, healthcare, education and transport
To view the Draft Island Planning Strategy, please follow the below link.
Draft Island Planning Strategy
To view Bembridge Parish Council’s response to the Island Planning Strategy, please follow the below link.
Bembridge Parish Council Response
Parish and town councils are a statutory consultee in the Planning Process under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 schedule 1 para 8 and makes recommendations on Planning applications. The Isle of Wight Council are the Local Planning Authority who makes the decisions on planning applications. Sometimes applicants are unhappy with the decisions made by the Isle of Wight Council and they can lodge an appeal which is dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate.
The Parish Council makes its recommendations based upon the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the Local Development Framework known as the Island Plan Core Strategy, material considerations and supplementary planning documents. The Village Design Statement has been adopted by the Isle of Wight Council as a supplementary planning document.
Useful links as follows:-
NPPF : Click Here
Island Plan: Click Here
Bembridge Village Design Statement: Click Here
Bembridge Neighbourhood Development Plan: Click Here
Planning Inspectorate: Click Here
A guide how to respond to planning applications, Click Here
The Parish Councils Planning Committee meets fortnightly to consider planning applications and make recommendations. Members of the public are welcome to attend. There will be up to 15 minutes for members of the public to speak on items on the agenda. Future meeting dates are as follows:-
Please return here soon.
The planning applications are available for inspection 2-weeks before the committee meetings in the Parish Office 5 Foreland Road, Bembridge 9.30am-12.30pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, all applications are available on the Isle of Wight Council website www.iow.gov.uk.