COMMUNITY leaders have questioned plans for new health facilities at the centre of a proposed leisure park.
Draft designs for a development on land between Broughton Retail Park and Chester Road will be revealed to the public for the first time today.
Development Securities hopes to build a pub restaurant, fast food outlets and a hotel on the site. A medical centre is also a key element of the revised scheme.
A public consultation event with an exhibition of the development plans take place today from 3pm to 8pm at Broughton Community Centre. But at a meeting of Broughton and Bretton Community Council, community leaders expressed fears the medical centre might never be built, leaving ‘a hole’ in the middle of the site.
Along with a council contact centre, the medical centre would be built on a strip of Flintshire Council-owned land which divides the site.
But having included the facilities in their plans at the request of Flintshire Council, planning consultant Mark Krassowski said it would not be the developer’s responsibility to build it.
Cllr Derek Butler said the development offered residents little more than the potential for anti-social behaviour problems.
He said: “What you’re basically saying is there isn’t anything tangible, except more pubs. The community don’t seem to be getting anything.”
He said the restaurants meant “issues of noise and anti-social behaviour without an awful lot of benefits”.
“Residents will want to see something more tangible,” he said. “The concern is it would leave a hole in the middle.”
Cllr Billy Mullin said the disappointment that a proposed medical centre had not materialised in Development Securities’ plans for a housing development now being built in Broughton was giving councillors cause for concern.
He said Mr Krassowski had “talked about the lack of need for additional medical facilities” during a Welsh government planning inquiry into the housing development.
But Mr Krassowski said the developers had been “quite happy” to include a medical centre but Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had failed to provide evidence of need.
Concerned that their planning application would be rejected as a result, he said developers had submitted two proposals – one including a health centre and one without – and the Welsh planning inspector had concluded the need for more medical facilities had not been demonstrated.
But Cllr Butler said Mr Krassowski had “talked down the need for a medical centre” during the inquiry.
“You dismissed our views,” he said. “There was no need to do that. The issues with the health board are ones we’ve had to deal with and you made capital of that.”
And he said he hoped Development Securities would help Flintshire Council in enabling the latest plans to go ahead.
Dafydd Jones of Development Securities told councillors he had “got the message loud and clear”. “I understand exactly what you’re saying and I take it on board,” he said.
A health board spokesman said BCUHB was responsible for assessing the local need and in some cases the broad balance of population changes locally might mean existing services were capable of meeting local needs.
A spokesman for Flintshire Council said the local authority had been in discussions with Development Securities about a mixed use development in Broughton but a planning application had yet to be received.