PLANS for a major regeneration of a Flintshire town centre will cost up to £12 million.
Flint town centre is the subject of the multi-million pound proposals, which will see the construction of 170-180 homes on the current Flint maisonettes site.
Councillors attending the housing overview and scrutiny committee on Monday were told by director of community services Clare Budden that the cost of building the new homes will amount to £12m.
However, councillors learned that any lending by Flintshire Council will be recouped in rental income from the newly constructed properties.
Flintshire councillor George Hardcastle has given his backing to the plan. He said: “I think this is a good thing for Flint and it has been a rocky road to sort this out.
“This will be money well spent for the people of Flint and Flintshire as a whole.”
Councillors also gave their support to the possible use of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers should the few people still living in the maisonettes refuse to leave of their own free will.
Cllr Ron Hampson said he hoped that if the powers were required they’d be used correctly.
He said: “If we have to do it, we have to do it, but hopefully it won’t come to that. If they are necessary, I do hope it’s done sensibly.”
Ms Budden added that Flintshire Council is 12 months ahead of schedule in the relocation of those still residing in the maisonette properties.