Isles of Scilly Councillors will discuss a planning request on Thursday to create four new dwellings at Holy Vale with the recommendation that they refuse the application.

The applicants wish to convert existing redundant outbuildings at the site into two one-bedroom and two two-bedroom properties with off-street parking.


However, Senior Planning Officer Lisa Walton has recommended that the proposal be refused due to the lack of a 'restrictive legal agreement to control occupancy to meet recognised local needs or to accommodate key workers', which is contrary to Policy 3 of the Isles of Scilly Local Plan.


Policy 3 requires 'any new residential development to be retained for the purposes of meeting the housing needs of the community. As a result no general open market housing is permitted'. 


The Council's planning committee will make a decision on the application at a meeting on Thursday morning. 


Other items on the agenda include a retrospective application for permission to retain use of outside lights above the harbour-side signage on the Mermaid Inn.


The recommendation is to approve, subject to conditions that 'significantly lower luminance bulbs' be used and the hours of operation are restricted (no later than 11pm). 

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