A controversial plan for up to 50 houses on a site off Puckpool Hill closes to comments tomorrow (Wednesday).

Developers want to build on the field opposite the former Harcourt Sands holiday park, near Ryde.

RJB SIBA Trust proposes outline plans for a mix of two to five bedroom houses on the greenfield site, formerly used by the holiday park as a recreation field and golf course.

The land has previously been earmarked by the Isle of Wight Council, in the draft Island Planning Strategy Development Plan, as providing possible space for new homes.

New access would be created off Puckpool Hill, and developers are promising the provision of public open space and landscaping on the land north Of Woodland Close, adjacent to Cedar Lodge and Thornton Cottage.

We first reported on the scheme when it was submitted to County Hall in October.

Comments already lodged on the Isle of Wight Council's website include fears for wildlife and the ecosystem, loss of recreational space and anger over what is thought to be the overdevelopment of Ryde.

MP Bob Seely has also raised concerns about the Seaview scheme.

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Isle of Wight County Press:

Bob Seely said: “The applicant claims the construction of 18 ‘affordable’ houses. The starting price for an ‘affordable’ two-bed property at the proposed site is set to be £172,000. I do not view this as truly affordable.

“The development would impose strain on existing infrastructure, namely through surface water runoff and increased traffic. Existing residents will be adversely impacted by this.

“[It] shows a blatant disregard for nature and the Island’s natural beauty with the removal of a significant number of trees and mature hedgerow. We must protect the Island’s green areas and build with care and sensitivity.”

Mr Seely has been campaigning against the Government’s plans to accelerate large-scale house building in rural areas and says he has been contacted by a number of concerned residents about the plans.

The Isle of Wight County Press has reported on nearby development schemes this week.