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Contentious proposals for 23 Mold homes gets rejected

Published date: 15 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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PLANNERS have thrown out a controversial homes plan which was recommended for approval.

The scheme for 23 homes on land at the side of Ffordd Hengoed, Upper Bryn Coch, Mold, was rejected at a meeting of Flintshire Council’s planning committee  yesterday.

Residents have long raised concerns about traffic on the site, which has twice had a decision on its approval deferred.

A total of 78 letters of objection by residents had also raised questions on the impact on wildlife, overdevelopment and flooding on the site.

Councillors said they were not necessarily against development on the site but the plan brought forward by Stewart Milne Homes was not right.

Mold town councillor Anthony Parry said: “Residents are very concerned about a serious accident taking place if the plans are approved.

“It would lead to a significant increase in traffic flow, causing an additional 77 cars.”

Cllr Robin Guest, the local member, added: “They are shoehorning in more units than the site can properly accommodate.

“If this plan ticks the right boxes, I’d ask whether we have got the right boxes.”

Buckley councillor Richard Jones said: “The implications are that it is of an overbearing nature.

“It concerns the fact that the homes separation is not adequate enough and I believe we should be refusing this for these reasons.”

The plans had been amended on several occasions to try to meet the concerns of residents but they were still considered to  be unsuitable.

In the report, planning officer Alan Wells had said: “The head of assets and transportation concludes there are no highway safety or capacity grounds to resist the development as proposed, and the current proposals offer an opportunity to provide improved pedestrian and cycle routes through the site and allow the existing narrow lane to be retained to accommodate the limited existing traffic and the proposed traffic flows.

“The density of the proposed development is lower than the minimum requirement but given the small size of its constraints, housing need and the importance of retaining as much of the character and appearance of the site and locality, this is considered acceptable in this case.”

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