PROPOSALS have been announced to build nearly 200 homes in Greenfield.
Renew Land Developments propose to build 184 homes on land off Tan y Felin and Ffordd Dwyfor.
Despite the land not being part of the Unitary Development Plan (UDP), Renew Land director Lee Dawkin believes the site should be developed due to the shortfall in Flintshire Council’s UDP.
Andrew Farrow, head of planning for Flintshire Council, said: “We’re aware of the proposed development and can confirm the council has yet to receive the planning application.
“Upon receipt, it will be subject to a full consultation process and it will be assessed for its conformity with development plan policies.”
Renew Land said at the end of 2011 that the council had achieved less than half of the 7,400 homes required to be built between 2000 and 2015.
Mr Dawkin said: “The present UDP plan only extends to 2015 and Flintshire Council is way off course in terms of meeting the required number of homes within the specified time period.
“The council is unable to demonstrate a five-year deliverable supply of housing land, as required by Planning Policy Wales, and additional sites are needed in order to address this shortfall.
“Other sites that have previously been earmarked for development, such as the Holywell Textile Mill, have not been developed.
“It’s highly unlikely that this will change and new housing on these sites be delivered before 2015. This site will help address these issues.”
But Greenfield councillor Rossetta Dolphin said the town does not need the properties.
“I don’t think that land should come forward for development until the ones that we have are used up or at least attempted to be used,” she said.
“Why should we add these 184 homes? Greenfield has already had a massive development.
“How much land are we going to take up?
“The developers are saying that because that Holywell Textile Mill hasn’t been developed, they should have the right to build up there.
“We have enough homes in Greenfield for local people anyway.
“We need something else – a better infrastructure. We need better facilities than we have.”
She continued: “I don’t think our school can take anymore. We are nearly full now.”
Cllr Dolphin added she also believes the drainage system would not cope with the increase.
Renew Land said it has contacted local residents in a bid to “engage them in the process” and gain their feedback on the proposals.
The company said it is awaiting residents’ wishes before organising a full consultation event, which it would look to hold alongside the Parish Council.
Mr Dawkin added: “We are committed to listening to the feedback of local residents and engaging with them throughout this process.
“We want to ensure that we deliver a development that locals can live alongside comfortably.”
The deadline for comments on the proposals closes on September 13.
Residents can have their say on the proposals by visiting the website: www.epp-plan