Amended plan for Mold houses is still divisive


Owen Evans

A CONTENTIOUS housing plan rejected earlier this year will again come before planners.

Slightly amended plans for homes on land at the side of Ffordd Hengoed, Upper Bryn Coch, Mold, will be debated by members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

The application is for 22 dwellings, one less than what was planned in the previous application but, according to a report to be discussed at the meeting, residents still have many concerns.

The previous plan for the site was refused in May.

Planning officer Alan Wells said: “It was refused planning permission as it was considered that the proposed dwellings on plots 20-23 would have an overbearing effect upon the properties of 2-8 Ffordd Hengoed, thus having a detrimental impact upon their amenities.

“This current application has been submitted to try and overcome this ground for refusal by deleting the proposed dwelling on plot 23.”

Residents had previously also raised concerns about traffic, the impact on wildlife, and flooding on the site.

However the local member, Mold Town Council and several residents still have serious concerns about the plan, which is recommended for approval.

Mold councillor Robin Guest said although some concerns had been allayed, including changes to the road layout which were to be welcomed, he still had serious concerns.

Cllr Guest expressed his belief that too many properties were being “shoehorned in” and that there should be fewer units.

Mold Town Council said they object to the plan, stating highway safety and increases in traffic were not addressed.

Members of the public also sent in 38 letters of objection - with the main concerns being about the development causing danger to motorists and pedestrians.

There were also concerns the proposal went against the Unitary Development Plan, which indicated the site should be for 15 dwellings.

But Mr Wells said: “As part of ensuring sustainable development, there is a fundamental principle embodied in both planning policy Wales and the UDP that the most efficient use should be made of land for development.

“It is considered that the proposed density of 20 dwellings per hectare on this proposed development is in accordance with the plans overall policy thrust as it balances the density of the development with the particular characteristics of the site and its surrounding.”

He added there were no highway safety or capacity grounds to oppose the proposal, submitted by Stewart Milne Homes, and they did not consider that issues raised about the affect on surrounding properties, any risk of flooding or wildlife meant the proposal should not go ahead.

Mr Wells added: “The chief officer for education and youth has advised that the proposed development will have a significant effect on Ysgol Glanrafon, Mold, where the numbers on roll already exceed its official capacity by 11.

“Therefore, the financial contribution requested is £61,285 for that school.”

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