A DECISION to reject plans to build 18 homes could be overturned at a public hearing.
A proposal by developer Wainhomes for the Siglen Ucha development on Ruthin Road, Gwernymynydd, was refused but an appeal against that decision will be put before a Welsh Assembly Planning Inspectorate official next month.
The Flintshire Council rejection of the application was welcomed by Gwernymynydd community councillors, who said the proposal had not taken into account the village ‘envelope’, adding the development would “desecrate an area of outstanding natural beauty”.
A letter to the Planning Inspectorate from the community council stated: “The community council and residents in the village of Gwernymynydd wish refusal and dismissal of the appeal to develop Siglen Ucha.”
Residents who have submitted letters highlighting their views about the appeal to the planning inspector ahead of the hearing will be able to voice their opinions on the plans.
Chairman of Gwernymynydd Community Council, Marjorie Thomson, believes next month’s meeting will be an opportunity for the public to be heard.
“Members of the public will be able to make their views known,” she said. “This is an opportunity for them to listen to what goes on.”
Flintshire Council’s planning committee went against the advice of planning officers who had recommended approval following a site visit.
Gwernymynydd’s Flintshire county councillor, Nancy Matthews, who has previously spoken against the plans, said the proposal “wasn’t quite in keeping with the village”.
She said the application did not include any plans for drainage and it was felt it would impinge on the Mold Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Cllr Matthews also said the council was not against development but believed it should be “appropriate”.
The hearing will take place at the Village Centre on Tuesday, October 29, from 10am.
For more on the appeal visit www.gwernymynydd.org.uk