Newport Driving Test Centre Could Soon Be On The Move

Newport's DVSA driving test centre

The organisation that tests new drivers on the Isle of Wight is looking for a new home. A site in Rookley has already been ruled out.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which is the organisation that tests new drivers and hands out licences, has told Isle of Wight Radio that it is “currently considering alternative sites to relocate the Newport driving test centre which will improve services for customers.”

The test centre is a portacabin-style building on Isle of Wight Council owned land, at 23-25 Medina Avenue, Newport, adjacent to a public car park, which is also owned by the local authority.

In 2012, the local authority dismissed part of the site as potential development land due to its size. But, in 2014, it was again listed as a possible location for 5 new homes, deliverable within 5 years.

You can read the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Five Year Land Supply here. The local authority is required to draw it up to show how it would be able to meet housing needs over 5 years, however the document says “no conclusion should be drawn from the inclusion or omission of sites” within it.

Other sites

The field off Crossways Road, East Cowes is earmarked for development
The field off Crossways Road, East Cowes is earmarked for development

Among the other sites on the list is ‘Crossways’ in East Cowes, adjacent to Queensgate Primary School, that Isle of Wight Radio reported on last week. The document suggests 50 properties could be built over 10 years. More than 90 are proposed, alongside a discount store.

No Decisions In Newport

Meanwhile, the DVSA says that “no decisions have been made on a new location”.

It has told Isle of Wight Radio that, as it leases the site from the Isle of Wight Council, it would be given notice of its sale. The DVSA says it has not been handed such notice.