16 December 2009
The Isle of Wight Council, in association with Spectrum Housing Group, has secured planning permission for 846 new houses in Pan, Newport, the Island’s principal town.
WYG Planning & Design has acted as lead Planning Consultant, working closely alongside a local architects’ firm HGP and sustainable energy specialists MCA Consulting Engineers, who have designed a unique and sustainable solution that will serve all the proposed homes with heating and hot water from one central biomass energy centre. The centre will be supplied with wood chip from the Island, If the energy centre is successful, it could be used to supply heat and hot water to existing houses on existing Pan through retrofitting.
Jeremy Heppell, Associate Director, WYG Planning & Design said “It is fantastic news that planning permission has been granted for this scheme, which includes 254 affordable units, as it is crucial to the Isle of Wight Council’s housing supply over the next 20 years.”
Working alongside the project team of employers agent Fairthorn Farrell Timms, HGP Architects, Odyssey Consulting Engineers and ACD Landscape, WYG has undertaken a public consultation exercise, masterplanning and interpretation of planning policy along with a full Environmental Impact Assessment to support the planning application. A detailed ecological appraisal has also been prepared demonstrating that a new country park on adjacent farmland can provide a suitable habitat for translocated protected species such as dormice and slow worms.
Dawn Cousins, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: “Making this planning application ourselves clearly demonstrates the council’s commitment to the Pan Development and our determination to deliver a scheme that is so important to both our housing and Eco Island aims. It will also provide a very significant boost to the Island’s economy bringing in massive inward investment and employment opportunities.”
The Council is inviting developers to submit bids for the site. This process will be completed early in the New Year, with the chosen firm required to begin development before April 2010 in order to safeguard an affordable housing grant of £11million from central government.
Photograph: Aerial view of the site