New Isle of Wight advice on the “defective” island plan

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The Isle of Wight Council cabinet members are giving islanders an opportunity to revisit the way planning and development will be approached over the next 15 years.

A new consultation on a revised version of the island plan will be launched.

Councilor Jonathan Bacon, Cabinet Member for Environment and Heritage, said the current document was not doing enough to support the Isle of Wight’s UNESCO biosphere status.

The Isle of Wight was named a Biosphere Reserve in 2019, third in England and sixth in Great Britain to be granted such status.

This means that the island is one of the best places in the world to explore people’s sustainable use of their natural environment.

Cllr Bacon said, “The goal is to have more control over planning decisions at the local level, rather than being controlled by Westminster and what they see fit.

“It is certainly not in its finished form. The aim was to get it public, to have a public discussion of its content.

“This is not a situation where a document is issued as a formality with no intention of changing it.”

Cllr Bacon said the UNESCO biosphere was a “clear mandate” to consider strategies to “support better cultural, social, economic and ecological island life”.



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