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'Little ghetto' fears over homes in Saltney housing development

Published date: 01 April 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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PLANS for a new housing development are dangerous and would push those on lower incomes into a “ghetto” corner, community leaders have warned.

Deeside-based Edwards Homes has submitted plans to build 54 homes in Saltney on land between St David’s Retail Park and the Central Trading Park.

The application seeks approval for changes to an earlier Goldrock Investments application for 58 homes previously granted full planning permission in April last year.

But at a meeting of Saltney Town Council, members said the revised proposals were “unacceptable” because of the reduced provision of homes for those on low incomes.

Under the previous plan 30 per cent of the new homes built – or 17 from the 58 planned homes – would have been designated as affordable homes, in line with council policy.

But in the Edwards Homes plan, there are no designated affordable shared equity homes and instead the plan includes four “gifted units” – homes that would be given to the authority – as agreed by Penny Storr, Flintshire Council’s housing strategy officer.

The planning application explains the units are “in lieu of the previously approved provision of 17 affordable dwellings which were to be sold to people in need”.

Town clerk Alan Thorniley said affordable housing must still be part of the development

“It should still be 30 per cent. It’s county council policy. It’s just been overridden,” he said. “It means 13 families have got nowhere to live.”

Cllr Veronica Gay also attacked the location of the four gifted homes in the plan, which are grouped together at the back of the development.

“Talk about sticking them in the corner,” she said. “It’s like a little ghetto. It’s not acceptable.”

Concerns were also voiced about the single access planned onto the High Street.

But Cllr Gay said councillors were in favour of the homes coming to the area.

“None of us are against the development,” said Cllr Gay. “It will be a fantastic thing to bring to Saltney. It will uplift us.”

A Flintshire Council spokesman said the four gifted homes given to the council were the financial equivalent of the 30 per cent affordable shared equity homes.

He added: “There isn’t a great deal of demand for shared equity homes in Saltney and there is already a development in Broughton, less than a mile down the road offering shared equity affordable housing.”

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