Undercliff Drive

The Undercliff links Bonchurch with Niton on the South coast of the Isle of Wight. The five mile stretch travels through Ventnor and St Lawrence and has several points along it that are subject to land movement.

Below are a selection of articles we’ve published about Undercliff Drive.

Letter: Undercliff Drive resident expresses scepticism over Leader’s ‘promise’

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This resident on Undercliff Drive says after years of discussions, studies, surveys, the present solution has been arrived at. She's sceptical of the council Leader's promises to reopen the road - suggesting the upcoming election might have a bearing.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 8:15am

By Lois Jennings with 11 readers' comments

Council Leader says they will ‘get Undercliff Drive open again’

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Council leader and councillor for Chale, Whitwell and Niton, Dave Stewart, has commissioned a feasibility study to look at options to re-open Undercliff Drive to through traffic.

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 6:19pm

By Sally Perry with 38 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council refuse to say how much they paid for Undercliff Drive works

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OnTheWight sought to find out how much was being paid to Island Roads for the latest works at Undercliff Drive, and how much was paid for the work carried out when the 2014 landslip occurred.

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017 8:59am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Work to reinstate access hampered by series of delays (photos)

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The work was scheduled to be finished in eight weeks, but there have been a series delays with work carried out having to be redone. When will the nightmare for residents end?

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2016 1:32pm

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Eight weeks of works begin on residents’ new access road

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If all goes to plan, the new access road for residents of the landlocked properties on Undercliff Drive should be complete by early November. Here's hoping nothing else pops up to delay the works.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 1:04pm

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive planning application approved (updated)

Welcome to St Lawrence - Undercliff Drive rebuilt road

Members of the planning committee considered the planning application by Island Roads to realign the access road for residents to the landlocked area of Undercliff Drive. Officers recommended approval but residents had serious reservations.

Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 4:06pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Committee to consider permission for new access road

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A range of concerns have been raised on the Undercliff Drive application to build a new access road for residents in the landlocked properties. Officers are recommending conditional permission and councillors will make their decision next week.

Wednesday, 3rd August, 2016 3:06pm

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Concerns over cycle and pedestrian access answered

Exposed roadworks on Undercliff Drive February 2014

Question marks over pedestrian and cycle access through the currently closed section of Undercliff Drive have been raised after confusing comments were left by Island Roads on their planning application. OnTheWight has sought clarification from the council.

Thursday, 19th May, 2016 4:04pm

By Sally Perry with 45 readers' comments

‘Changing vision’ for Undercliff Drive access road leads to need for planning application

Over two years since the landslip and over 19 months since the budget was approved, works to reinstate Undercliff Drive from the west have still not been completed. The new road now has to go through the planning process to gain permission.

Thursday, 28th April, 2016 2:13pm

By Sally Perry with 45 readers' comments

Island Roads set out plans to reinstate access road for residents on Undercliff Drive

Undercliff Drive mudslide Feb 2014

Following OnTheWight's report last week on the two year anniversary of the Undercliff Drive landslide, Island Roads set out their plans for reinstating the access road for the landlocked residents.

Thursday, 18th February, 2016 12:31pm

By Claire Robertson with 15 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Two years on and families still not back in their homes (updated)

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Can you imagine what it would be like to have to leave your home one night, then not be able to live in it for two years? This is the fate for the forgotten families - victims of the Undercliff Landslide.

Tuesday, 9th February, 2016 4:10pm

By Sally Perry with 43 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: Leader of the council says delays are ‘unacceptable’


Yesterday the council advised the owners of landlocked properties on Undercliff Drive that the promised access road to their homes would not be built for at least another year. Today the leader of the council says the delay is unacceptable. Confused? Imagine how the residents feel.

Thursday, 17th September, 2015 12:08pm

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments