A MAJOR road development is under threat because of Welsh Government housing targets, it is claimed.
A planning application is expected to be submitted to Flintshire Council for at least 40 homes on land in Broughton where a major interchange is expected to be built in the coming years.
Bloor Homes, who are already building 280 houses in the community, are expected to ask for permission to build another 40 homes on land councillors believed was safeguarded for a slip road from Broughton Shopping Park to the A55.
The site is in open countryside and on land not designated for housing and Broughton Community Council clerk Noel Barnes said Flintshire planners would refuse any application for houses on the site.
At a meeting in October he said planners were “bullish” about robust policies they said would safeguard the land for the interchange.
But since the introduction of new Welsh Government housing targets, which mean Flintshire does not have sufficient housing supply coming in over the next five years, Mr Barnes said planners had “changed their tune dramatically”.
At a meeting of Broughton and Bretton Community Council, he said planners were afraid the Welsh Government would overrule their decision and allow the application on appeal.
They were likely to do so on the basis there was no firm proposal for the new interchange and because of falling short on housing targets, he said.
“This ticks all the boxes,” he told members. “Broughton is a very sustainable community.”
Flintshire councillor for Broughton and cabinet member South Derek Butler said communities were having their infrastructure eroded because of developers who held onto land for years without building on it.
Cllr Butler said: “The Welsh Government should be addressing the problem of developers not developing land they’ve got permission for.”
Cllr Butler added that Broughton had already taken on more than their fair share of the county’s new builds than they should have under current Flintshire planning regulations.
Andrew Farrow, Flintshire Council’s chief officer for planning and environment confirmed the land in question was outside the settlement boundary and that the council was “aware of the importance of this site in relation to the future of Broughton”.
He added: "For this reason, the council will continue to resist any proposals for housing on the land and continue to raise awareness at the highest level of the threat proposed by such development."
A Welsh Government spokesman said: “To ensure that local planning authorities have a supply of housing land to meet the requirements of their area, the Welsh Government requires all local planning authorities to maintain a five-year supply of deliverable sites.
“Local planning authorities are required to identify deliverable sites.
“If insufficient housing is being built, then it is for the local planning authority to review whether they have the right housing sites in their plan.”