Flintshire residents blast pub site flats plan

Reporter:

Helen Davies

CONCERNED residents have slammed plans to knock down a pub and replace it with a block of flats.

Plans to flatten the Calcot Arms on Milwr Road, Holywell, and build eight flats over two storeys were given the go-ahead after an appeal more than three years ago, but have not yet been built.

Now the pub’s new owner has submitted revised plans for nine flats on the site, which are currently under consideration by Flintshire Council.

Holywell residents are worried the cars from the development may cause collisions on the narrow Milwr Road outside the proposed flats and the Halkyn Road it joins on to.

Sidney Roberts, 76, told the Leader: “The road is going to be diabolical. There’s heavy traffic on the road and there’s going to be vehicles coming out from the flats on to a very narrow road.”

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The width of the road has not been taken into consideration.”

He added: “With traffic coming out from the new flats it’s going to be horrendous, I’m very worried about what’s going to happen.”

The architect who came up with the new plans in conjunction with pub owner David McClean said the development would improve the road.

Nicholas Davies from Quad Architects told the Leader: “The junction is very busy at the moment with the main Halkyn Road and the Milwr Road, but a road junction improvement and a footpath along Milwr Road have been proposed.

“There’s no footpath at the moment, so this will only improve things.

“We are also doing away with the dual access to the site so the main access to the current car park is being sealed off.

“This part of the plan has already had approval by the Welsh Assembly government.

“It’s a win-win situation for the site.”

Holywell West councillor Gareth Roberts said he wanted to learn more about the plans.

He added: “There’s a long history behind this application. Residents were concerned with the previous application that the road was too narrow.

“We are waiting for more information about these plans from a highways point of view. I am very keen to find out more so we can assess the proposals.

“We can then consider and discuss it and take it from there.”

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