Fears grow over plans for more houses in Flintshire village

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

FEARS are growing over plans to build more houses in Treuddyn.

A parcel of land in the village has been put on the market by Flintshire Council. It has outline planning permission for a development of about 18 properties, but residents say the village's infrastructure would not be able to cope.

Treuddyn councillor Carolyn Thomas said the sewage treatment plant would have to be expanded before any development could take place.

She said: “We have got really poor infrastructure in Treuddyn and our treatment plant is up to capacity. It can’t take any more houses. There were several concerns raised at a public community council meeting and these things need to be in place if houses do have to go there.”

The land is between Ffordd y Rhos and Queen Street and access to the development would take up a section of land earmarked for an extension of the cemetery.

Cllr Thomas added: “There’s a piece of land which appears in the UDP for the expansion of the cemetery and to put in an access road for this new site would take up some of that expansion and that’s a concern for the village.”

Villagers say there has been no public consultation and they would prefer to see the land used for the benefit of the community.

In a letter to the planning department resident David Petie said: “This land borders the local cemetery, which you have decided to reduce in size without proper consultation.

“The Treuddyn community do not have a public park or amenity space. We have a playing field with a children’s play area, but we do not have a park or community garden.

“We believe a park would act as a catalyst for community development and enhancement, it would be an essential component in transforming and enriching our village.

“Instead you are selling off our land to build more houses, in an area that needs more amenities, not more residents.”

Clare Budden, head of housing at Flintshire Council, said: “A number of concerns have been raised by the local community regarding the sale of this land for housing and we are currently working with them to try to address the issues that have been raised.”

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