UNDEVELOPED sites on the Isle of Wight could now have their planning permission revoked by the council.

A paper, due to go before cabinet tonight (Thursday), would see planning consent rescinded if there had been no visible activity on the site for two years, land ownership had changed or if the developer had filed for bankruptcy.

Normally planning permission lasts for three years.

The council hopes the change will give incentive to developers to progress with building work.

The powers will mean the authority can service notice to the owner and occupier of the land if they feel the site is adversely affecting the area.

The decision was welcomed by scrutiny councillors at Tuesday’s meeting.

Councillor for Sandown North, Cllr Debbie Andre, said: “One of the most frequent complaints I have from my residents is about sites that are just left. Anecdotal perhaps but coach drivers have been heard to say ‘Welcome to Beruit’ when they come in.

“I very much welcome it. I understand this is a step in the process, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. One of the problems we have had has been a lack of power of enforcement.”

The council’s cabinet meets tonight at 5pm at Cowes Enterprise College.