TEN years after planning permission was first approved, an Isle of Wight developer is taking a major Godshill housing scheme back to the drawing board.

Announcing its latest project, the developer behind West Acre Park in Ryde, Captiva Homes, has unveiled plans for Lily Cross, reducing the number of homes proposed in a scheme on land at Scotland Farm, near Yarborough Close.

Plans for the restricted 'continuing care community' supported living development were first tabled in 2004 by the owner of the land, Maurice Flux, when outline consent for a 'care village' was first granted.

However, the planning permission was renewed in 2011, by Tresslewood, Mr Flux's company.

Isle of Wight County Press: The site in Godshill.The site in Godshill.

In 2016, a planning application was approved confirming the demolition of redundant farm buildings on the site.

Originally, the outlined development included a nursing home, 68 extra-care cottages, 26 extra-care apartments and associated facilities. However, there was the potential for up to 143 extra care units.

Now though, Captiva Homes is proposing to build up to 107 one, two, three and four bed-homes for a wider demographic.

Taking over the development, Captiva says it will increase the number of affordable properties from 10 units to 39, as well as limiting the height of buildings to two storeys instead of the taller, already-approved buildings.

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No planning application has yet been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council proposing the latest scheme but developers say it would provide homes to benefit as many local people as possible.

Captiva Homes owner, James Pink, said: "Without our updated Lily Cross application, 143 units could be built as per the plans without any further consultation with the public.

"The team at Captiva Homes, as local people, felt a commitment to exploring this opportunity to ensure maximum protection and responsible development of the land by Islanders who care about our community.

"We are passionate about creating a community of homes that integrates more appropriately within the surroundings than the current approved scheme.

"With a firm focus on excellence in design, materials and craftsmanship, we hope to sensitively blend our improved concept within its landscape, the environment and its neighbours."

A public exhibition is being held on Thursday (October 7) at Godshill Primary School, for residents to view the scheme.

The event will be held between 6pm and 8pm but proposals can be viewed online at lilycross.co.uk.