Villagers shares their views on Island Plan with Isle of Wight MP

Bob Seely met with Bembridge villagers to hear their views on proposals to build 180 new homes on two greenfield sites in the village.

Bob Seely in bembridge

This in from the office of Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely. Ed

Over 100 Bembridge residents attended their village hall last Friday (21) to share their concerns with MP Bob Seely about proposals to build 180 new homes on two greenfield sites in the village.

The houses are earmarked for land north of Mill Road and East of Hillway Road in the Island Planning Strategy (Island Plan) which proposes 9,600 new homes be built over the next 15 years across the Island, many on greenfield sites.

Bob’s campaign against the proposals has already gathered support from other rural areas including Wellow. Across the Island over 4,000 concerned residents have completed his survey and petition.

Bob said:

“The homes planned are not for Islanders, there are too many of them and they will damage our green landscape which is vital for our visitor economy and quality of life. 

“We need to prioritise looking after our older and young people and make sure one and two-bedroom properties are available for them. We need balanced communities and new houses need to have real social purpose and fit in with the Island’s natural beauty.

“The draft Island Plan is unsustainable. I’m working with the IW Council to persuade Government to grant the Island exceptional circumstance. We need a unified voice to say no to the Government.”

Bob Speaking to residents 

Image: © Ben Wood of Island Images

Huber: “We need a different plan”
At the Bembridge meeting resident Bruce Huber said:

“I was shocked to learn the proposals to build 180 homes here on the edge of Bembridge…filling our village probably with several hundred more cars, not to mention no thought given to the infrastructure requirements, healthcare, education, transport services…and the jobs.

“We can’t have 10,000 homes building over 1,000 acres of greenfield site and still preserve the outstanding natural beauty…we need a different plan, we need exceptional circumstances and it really comes down to a requirement for all of us to work together.”

Sign the petition
Bob is encouraging residents to sign his petition and raise concerns with their local councillor.

Bob is traversing the Island attending further meetings in Brading, Northwood, East Cowes, Ryde and Wroxall and welcomes invitations from other Island towns and villages wishing to discuss the proposals.

Bob Speaking to residents 

Image: © Ben Wood of Island Images

A group of concerned residents have come together under the name Campaign for a Better Island Plan to support Bob with his campaign.

Wellby: “The Island plan is a con”
Ian Wellby from the group said:

“It was great to see so many Bembridge people standing up for residents’ rights to determine the future of their village. 

“The Island plan is a con – it claims to be serving the needs of local people – but the planned housing isn’t for local people at all – the Council’s own research shows the it is primarily for those looking to move to the Island, often to retire. 

“The current Plan poses a grave threat to the Island’s much-loved rural character and landscape and I don’t believe the majority of Islanders want it. The Campaign for a Better Island Plan has commissioned expert research that will highlight the demographic imbalance and destruction this Plan will cause. We’re looking forward to publishing it in the coming weeks. 

“It’s absolutely fantastic to have the support of Bob, He is a clear champion of the Island and willing to stand up for its protection against a national planning policy that makes a mockery of local democracy.”

Bob’s survey and petition against the housing targets can be found here on the Website.

Image: © Ben Wood of Island Images

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 8:24am



Filed under: Bembridge, Island-wide, Isle of Wight News, Planning, Top story

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So do we have another split between a tory MP and a tory council? It looks very much like it to me.


Just look at the room full of retirees who’ve moved here not wanting others to ruin it for them.

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What song is Bob singing?


Typical example of not in my backyard. Is this another case of people moving into housing that had protests about them moving are now protesting about their own space being invaded. As for the inforstructure not being in place and believing there will be a NHS wake up