Outline plans for forty houses at Palmers Farm in Wootton have been given the go ahead, after being recommended for conditional permission.
The development covers two fields joined by a small path, off Brocks Copse Road, and was passed by six votes to four.
Those against the scheme, which included local residents, told a meeting of the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee that it was “detrimental” to the area.
They argued there had been a “lack of any proper study on traffic” and the impact increased cars would have in Palmers and Church Roads. The meeting was told that residents were “united in their refusal” and asked, “Why is the Isle of Wight Council considering a housing development within two woodlands?”
Also objecting, Wootton Parish Council said the proposed development was half a mile to the bus stop and a mile to the doctor’s surgery. Representing the authority, Daryll Pitcher warned that would mean that more people would use their cars.
The developer called claims that “only three people” had supported the scheme an “embellishment beyond factual” and said that because so few objections had been lodged with the Isle of Wight Council, “a silent majority” were perhaps in favour of it.
Local member Cllr Barry Abraham, who is also the Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, called on his colleagues to refuse the plan. He called a traffic survey “not worth the paper it is written on” and said the houses would be out of reach of young families in Wottoon. He told the meeting, “building 35% of small properties does not make them affordable.”
Isle of Wight Council planning officers said the traffic survey was factual and could not be dismissed.
Calling it a “significant development on virgin land”, Councillor Matthew Price said it was important to ensure the woodland was accessible and called for more access to that, and also a route for cyclists.
A requirement was added over a cycle route through the site.
Meanwhile, part of the road network will be upgraded, although Principal Planning Officer Russell Chick said too much of an upgrade may encourage motorists to use the roads even more.