PLANS to build almost 10,000 homes have been countered by the Isle of Wight Green Party — which has called for sustainable housing, jobs and an expanded cycle network.

The Isle of Wight Council has published an Island Plan, looking at the local economy, housing, tourism, infrastructure and development over the next 15 years. It includes controversial proposals for almost 10,000 new homes.

A detailed response to the plan has been submitted by Isle of Wight Green Party councillors, who have urged people to comment on the plan before the consultation closes on Monday (February 25).

Cllr Vix Lowthion, Green Party spokesperson, said: "The Island Planning Strategy is a rare opportunity for Islanders to be consulted on what we want the future of our Island to be like for the next twenty years. It is vital every Islander makes their contribution.

"Whilst it has been widely reported that 10,000 homes are proposed, there are many other aspects of the strategy which could provide positive opportunities for our Island — and it is important that we comment on these too.

"The current document does not go far enough in terms of sustainably built housing and employment opportunities. Proposing only eight miles of cycle paths is woeful when we need to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero in the next 12 years.

"Our planning strategy must serve the needs of Islanders and the planet — and be much more ambitious when it comes to protecting our Island for generations to come."

Comments on the Island Plan can be made at https://iow-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/planning/ipsdraft2018/ipsdraft2018