PLANS for the development of up to 180 new town centre homes are set to move into their next phase.
Councillors meet on Monday to discuss the building of new homes in Flint as part of a long-term strategy to regenerate and redevelop the town centre.
The scheme will follow the completion of the long-running issue to empty and demolish the Flint Maisonettes, which are located close to Chapel Street and Duke Street.
According to a report, which will be discussed by members of Flintshire Council’s housing overview and scrutiny committee on Monday, there are now only two privately owned and one council-owned property in which a resolution has not yet been reached over where the resident will go.
It added that 157 of the maisonettes now stand empty.
The report stated: “The master planning exercise identified options and proposals to improve the environment, retail, civic, housing and commercial offer in the town centre.
“The masterplan identified the sites for housing regeneration which this report seeks to address.
“As the area has become increasingly empty, there have been security issues and an increase in the level of ASB (anti-social behaviour). Security sheeting has had to be fitted on ground floor and accessible vacant units, and an overnight security service is in place.
“Cleaning and keeping the area tidy is a high priority and the police have been working in partnership with the council to manage the situation.”
As part of the Flint town centre masterplan, the council hopes to build a new development that will re-build nearly a quarter of the original medieval planned town – with the new houses and streets aligning more sensitively to the original grid pattern.
Members of the committee have been advised to approve plans to put a compulsory purchase order (CPO) in place for the entire site, so the council can repurchase five properties at the maisonettes currently held by leaseholders if negotiation is unsuccessful.
The report stated: “Approval to use CPO powers does not mean that the council will issue a CPO, however, it does allow for the flexibility to do so, should it become necessary.
“In the event that a CPO is sought. affected residents would have the opportunity to object.”
The report added that of the five leaseholders, three had accepted offers while two had rejected the offer for their property from the council.
The homes built would be a mixture of apartments and two and three bedroom houses.
The proposals are for a mix of housing, 40 homes for social rent developed by a registered social landlord and/or the council, 15 homes for rent to buy, 105 homes at affordable rents and 20 homes at market rents.
Cllr Aaron Shotton, leader of the council, said: “These are hugely exciting times for the people of Flint.
“I’m extremely pleased the housing element of the town’s masterplan is moving ahead in a positive and constructive way.
“I’d encourage people to read the development brief, which shows the potential of what can be achieved in Flint town centre. This truly is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”