ANGRY residents believe a controversial housing application may result in tragedy.
People living at Ffordd Hengoed in Mold have criticised plans for a 23-home development nearby, saying children’s safety would be compromised.
Flintshire Council has received a planning application for four-bedroom houses to be built on a field on Upper Bryn Coch but residents are fearful of the scheme’s approval and claim to see it happen “would be dreadful”.
Geoff Collett, whose property backs on to land earmarked for the development, said: “There have been near misses on Ffordd Hengoed involving children in the past but this development would mean a serious incident would only be a matter of time.
“There have been car accidents there in the past and traffic congestion around nearby Glanrafon County Primary School would increase dramatically.
“There is already ridiculous congestion and the development could bring an extra 50 cars.
“Children would suffer in regards to safety. It is chaos in the mornings as things stand.”
Residents have also voiced concerns over the suggested single entrance to the earmarked site, which would be directly opposite the entrance to St Mary’s Park.
Mr Collett also said the 23-home plan was an over-development for the site, which he said had been designated for 15 homes on Flintshire Council’s development plan.
“Unitary Development Plans cost taxpayers millions to produce and to ignore it now would be dreadful,” he said.
Mr Collet also cited the potential loss of rare wildlife and said: “Much of the hedgerow was ancient and is a wildlife sanctuary.
“There is a pond there they want to destroy and I don’t think that’s right.
“We know people have got to live somewhere but we should be making sure we live with nature, not against it. We should be looking after our environment.”
Another resident, Renee Anderton, wants to organise a petition and said her main concern was for the rare birds which could be lost.
She said species including herons, egrets, moorhens, long-tailed tits, gold crests and siskins all use the field and hedgerow.
“I don’t want the place decimated,” she said. “We have to get together as a community.”
Stewart Milne Homes submitted the application in August.
When contacted by the Leader they said they did not wish to make any comment.