MP URGES ISLANDERS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE PLANNING SYSTEM
MP Bob Seely is urging Islanders to take part in a Government survey inviting people to share their experiences of the planning system.
The survey – which has been launched by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee – invites respondents to set out how they have used the planning system in the past and ways in which it could be improved in the future.
MPs on the Select Committee have said that the responses would be used by the Committee to inform future questioning to the Government.
Mr Seely said: “This survey is a chance for Islanders to help shape the new planning system in England. It not only seeks your views on the current planning system, but it also asks questions about whether you think we need more housing on the Isle of Wight and how much.
“The Government intends to build 300,000 more new homes every year in England which will have an irreversible and devastating impact on our country’s green landscape.
“On the Isle of Wight, we will see our housing targets increased by over 50% to 1,045 dwellings a year. The Island can comfortably build about 200-300 units per year.
“The impact of these new targets is huge. We will see more greenfield land lost to large housing developments and vast numbers of retirees moving here which puts pressure on our health system and other services.
“I urge Islanders to complete the survey and have their say.”
A link to the survey can be found here. The survey will be open until 11:59 pm on Wednesday 11 November and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
The Select Committee will also host an online event on Thursday 26 November at 4 pm to find out more about the experiences of those who have dealt with the planning system. You can register your interest through the survey.