PLANS for a supermarket on housing land have received councillors’ support.
Discount chain Aldi wants to build a store on ‘brownfield’ land opposite the Broughton Shopping Park.
The land is designated for housing but just five homes would be built under the proposals and, while the project has wide public support, concerns have been raised it will fail to win planning permission.
At a Broughton and Bretton Community Council planning meeting yesterday, however, members supported the scheme.
A further application is being considered by Flintshire Council for an Aldi store in Buckley and public opinion is firmly in favour of both proposals, with 96 and 97 per cent approval rates from residents taking part in consultations in the two communities.
Nevertheless, doubts were raised by Buckley member Cllr Arnold Woolley that the store there may not go ahead because of problems with the Broughton bid.
Aldi representatives have conceded the Buckley development might be dependent on permission being granted for the Broughton store.
And Cllr Woolley said planning guidelines could overrule public opinion.
“I genuinely think they will struggle to get permission on that Broughton land,” he said. “It all comes down to planning and rules and regulations.
“Public opinion can be one thing but if it doesn’t fit into the regulations and the rest of it, then it could be turned over.“ Yesterday’s decision by Broughton and Bretton Community Council to raise no objections follows ongoing concerns among that too many new homes are being built in the area.
As many as 280 homes are currently being built at Broughton Park by Bloor Homes and permission has been granted for another 25 houses near the shopping park.
Earlier this year, local member Derek Butler complained that under the terms of Flintshire Council’s current unitary development plan, Broughton should have seen an increase of only 15 per cent of homes but had already had an increase of 22 per cent.