PLANS to begin the first phase of a massive housing development have been given the go-ahead.
Councillors approved proposals to build the first 52 houses in a development that could see more than 600 homes constructed at Croes Atti on Chester Road, Oakenholt.
But giving consent to the application, lodged by Persimmon Homes, members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee had a number of reservations about the long-running development plan.
Flint Oakenholt councillor Rita Johnson spoke at the meeting to discuss the impact of a new roundabout which has been built on Chester Road as part of the development.
She said that the roundabout had caused issues for residents living close to the new development, particularly relating to parking provision.
Buckley councillor Mike Peers said: “It’s quite clear that the roundabout has introduced a problem.
“Nothing is being offered to residents to try and alleviate these problems.
“We have got to look at the impact on the residents.”
Head of planning Declan Beggan told members that provision for parking was not included in the original application from Anwyl Construction and that it had already been accepted so it was too late to amend.
But, he added that the company was considering whether it could provide extra parking spaces.
Councillors argued over the density of houses being built after resident John Yorke said this was above the 35 homes per hectare set out in a previous application.
However, Mr Beggan said the density levels had to be considered over the whole site, rather than one section of the development.
Sealand councillor Christine Jones expressed frustration with the time taken to process the development application, which first came before the committee in 1999.
She said: “It seems an excuse for members to put something else in the scheme.
“I’m fed up of having to sit here and have the same old issues being brought up again.”
The projected Croes Atti development covers an area of more than 30 acres and includes provision for more than 600 homes, a school, open space and play areas and shops.
The first show house is expected to be open early in 2014 with the first new homes occupied by March.
Earlier this year Anwyl was praised by Cadw, the Welsh historic buildings organisation, when it suspended work on the site after uncovering evidence of a Roman-era industrial site.
The area was cordoned off for three weeks while archaeologists from Earthworks Archaeology carried out a survey.
They found a Roman road and buildings where lead mined on nearby Halkyn Mountain was smelted before being shipped by barge down the River Dee to Chester.