Builder slammed over extra flats at former chapel


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A COMMUNITY leader has slammed a developer for building two more apartments than he had permission for.

Greenfield county councillor Rosetta Dolphin, who objected to plans to convert the 18th-century former Alpha Chapel on Greenfield Road into six apartments, says she wants the issue rectified.

Buckley builder Esmor Davies was granted planning permission to turn the building into six homes – but instead he has built eight.

Mr Davies said he had tried to amend the application from six apartments to eight and is in discussions with planning officers.

He said: “We are not in a position to correct them at the minute. It has stalled plans to sell the four at the back.”

Cllr Dolphin says at the very least she wants to see them knocked through and turned back into the original six.

“I objected to six because I don’t think there was enough parking there,” she said.

“Six was too many. I have concerns that there is going to be an accident. It is also right by a junction next door to a busy shop.

“I would like him to have to put them back to six.

“What is the point in having planning permission if people are going to ignore it?”

A spokesman for Flintshire Council said: “We are currently awaiting an amended, retrospective planning application from the developer.

“Undertaking a development without adhering to the planning permission granted, or without any planning permission, is carried out at the applicant’s own risk.

“Planning permission or retrospective planning permission may not necessarily be granted or have conditions applied that put any pre-emptive work carried out in breach of regulations.

“In such cases the council has a range of sanctions that it can enforce, including a full reinstatement of the work carried out.”

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