CONTROVERSIAL plans for a large housing development in East Cowes have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council.

Following a public consultation, developer iWight has today (Friday) submitted its application for the Crossways development.

If the application is approved, it would see 165 homes built on land between Queensgate Foundation Primary School and Crossways Road.

The development would include with two, three and four-bed houses, as well as a number of one-bed maisonettes.

Thirty-five per cent would be affordable housing properties.

The plans have proved controversial with East Cowes residents, who have said the town's infrastructure could not cope with another large-scale housing development.

Cllr Stephen Hendry, a member of the ruling Conservative administration at County Hall, previously said: "East Cowes and Whippingham has had its fair share of housing in recent times.

"We have approximately 1,700 homes built across developments such as Hawthorn Meadows, Osborne Heights, the David Wilson Home site, the Barratts' Marina and other smaller developments.

"East Cowes and Whippingham are at capacity. Our infrastructure is being pushed to its limits, the new housing that is still being built is not being filled.”

Developer iWight said the new homes would be built off-site then transported to the site, a carbon-neutral construction method that would also reduce disruption.

Comments on the plans can be made on the Isle of Wight Council website at www.iwight.com

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