Network Rail is seeking permission to demolish an Isle of Wight bungalow after ground movement has prompted fears it could cause a landslip onto the Island Line train tracks.

The empty bungalow - 15 Gordon Close, Sandown - currently sits on an embankment above the Shanklin to Ryde train line.

However, planning agents AECOM on behalf of the train company, say the property is becoming more structurally unsound, with extensive cracks running through the property.

It says the condition of the property is worsening and it would be more cost-efficient and effective to demolish the property, instead of undertaking the extensive work to stabilise and repair it.

Isle of Wight County Press: The land behind 15 Gordon Close in Sandown, which is above the Island Line train tracks.The land behind 15 Gordon Close in Sandown, which is above the Island Line train tracks. (Image: IWCP)

A structural survey in 2022 found the cracks are most likely caused by subsidence and the foundations at the front of the property may have been impacted by the ground conditions.

Evidence was also found indicating the property was at risk of a landslip, due to the moisture in the ground and the slope towards the railway, the agents said.

The three-bed bungalow, owned by Network Rail, is said to be in poor condition and suffering from damp by AECOM.

Isle of Wight County Press: 15 Gordon Close.15 Gordon Close. (Image: IWCP)

If permission is granted, the demolition could take place from March 4, when utilities would be disconnected, asbestos removed and the interior of the bungalow stripped.

According to planning documents, there would be no redevelopment or rebuilding on the site, if the bungalow were to be demolished.

Instead, the site would be secured and resurfaced with crushed rocks.

You can view the plans, 24/00021/11BPA, on the Isle of Wight Council's planning register. Comments can be submitted until January 26.