planning clearance to build a new 500-place prison.
The proposal would see the new Category C prison built on land to
If consent is granted, the prison would provide extra capacity and
will enhance the facilities available to aid the training,
rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners.
It is thought that around 250 new jobs would be created if the prison
plan goes ahead.
The proposal replaces previous planning clearance, originally granted
in 1997, for a 416-place prison on the site.
If approved, the new prison would consist of eight accommodation
units and ancillary buildings including a kitchen. None of the
buildings would be more than two storeys high.
The site would be housed within a secure perimeter consisting of a
double 5.2 metre fence with the outer fence being clad up to 2.4
metres tall to improve security.
If planning permission is approved, the new prison will compliment
those already on the Isle of Wight. They are HMP Albany, HMP Camp
Hill and HMP Parkhurst.