Proposed mixed use development, Folly Works site, Whippingham, Isle of Wight
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Proposed mixed use development, Folly Works site, Whippingham, Isle of Wight

This brownfield site on the eastern bank of the Medina Estuary is owned by Feria Investments Ltd., who appointed Mayer Brown as part of the team tasked with gaining planning approval for its redevelopment for mixed uses including 99 dwellings, a hotel, 14 business units, shop and cafe, river users’ facilities and ecological enhancement works.

Transport Planning
Infrastructure Design
Environmental Assessment



The development entails reconstruction of most of Folly Lane (a private road), together with a new link road and signalised junction to gain access from A3021 via Beatrice Avenue, replacing the existing sub-standard junction.


Mayer Brown was instructed to design the access arrangements including S.278 highway works, prepare the Transport Assessment, draft Travel Plans and Construction Traffic Management Plan, and produce the Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy supporting the planning application.

This was a complex scheme requiring extensive negotiations with other landowners, local residents and statutory bodies, requiring Mayer Brown’s input over the course of several years, regularly liaising with LK2 Architects, other members of the development team and the highway authority and assisting at public consultation events. The preparatory work undertaken by Mayer Brown helped to ensure an unusually low number of public objections to the application.


The IW Council’s Planning Committee resolved to approve the scheme (subject to a legal Agreement in preparation at the time of writing) and we anticipate completing the detailed road and drainage design for construction in due course.

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