Partners sought to start building 200 homes in Flintshire


Owen Evans

DEVELOPERS are being sought for ambitious plans to build up to 200 new homes in the county - including at the Flint maisonettes site.

Flintshire Council’s plans for new housing in the county are reaching an advanced stage – and a notice has now been put out to potential partners in the development of the new homes.

They include plans for around 100 new homes at the site of the current Flint Maisonettes and 100 other council houses in other places around the county.

Members of Flintshire Council’s housing overview and scrutiny committee were yesterday told that a Prior Information Notice (PIN) was being made, which would allow informal discussions with potential developers and, in the case of Flint, for funders.

Preferred partners could be appointed by March next year, while work on potential developments could start the following autumn.

At the meeting, Clare Budden, chief officer for community and enterprise at Flintshire Council, said: “We believe we will be able to have a spread of sites across the county and different developments to suit local needs.

“PIN is like putting an advert out to the world saying we want to do some housing development and how many homes we want to develop.

“The developments help meet targets on housing and regeneration and it would not only help meet housing need but would help opportunities for construction, apprenticeships and other areas.”

In Flint, the council hopes building will begin within 18 months.

According to a report by Ms Budden, “only a small number of tenants and one home owner” are left at the maisonettes, which are in the process of being demolished.

She added: “Negotiations with the home owners are complete.

“Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, which owns five maisonettes, are working in collaboration with the council to empty their properties.”

Ms Budden was asked at the meeting by Aston councillor George Hardcastle whether there was any backlash from people who wanted to stay.

She said: “We’ve had some people who were very reluctant to leave but we’re very confident we’ve got agreement from everybody to go.

“We’ve always had a commitment to having more housing choice for people. In the 214 maisonettes, there was a large concentration of social housing, but we want to have a greater breadth of housing options.”

It is planned that the properties at the site would be a mix of 90 social rented homes, 60 affordable rented homes and 22 rent to buy homes.

An extra care facility for 70 people is also set to be included, as well as a primary health care facility provided by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Some councillors raised concerns about newly-built homes being lost to the ‘right-to-buy’ scheme, but Ms Budden said they were looking into ways that could be combatted.

Plans for 100 council houses, the first to be built by Flintshire Council in 24 years, were announced earlier this year after self-financing for council housing replaced a housing subsidy system, which bosses said was limiting the council’s ability to build homes.

The 100 new homes are to be constructed over the next six years.

According to Ms Budden’s report, a review of the sites around the county is currently underway, assessing suitability, housing need and planning policy.

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