Traffic concerns see Broughton store plan refused


Romilly Scragg

A NEW convenience store will not go-ahead after councillors refused permission for a retail extension.

Flintshire Council’s planning committee rejected the plans they said would overwhelm one of the “escape routes” from Broughton.

Co-op store owners had wanted to move premises from the shopping parade on Broughton Hall Road around the corner to the site of a former car showroom at Gladstone House on Main Road.

But despite approval being recommended by council officers, councillors voted against the proposal.

Rowlands Executive Pension Scheme had wanted to extend the existing building at Gladstone House to create a new convenience store and back of house facilities and storage.

Currently the ground floor of the building is vacant and the upper floor is used for offices.

The site is located on the main road which runs through Broughton to the A55 trunk road and councillors argued serious traffic issues in the vicinity would be exacerbated if the move went ahead.

Broughton and Bretton community councillor Sue Stevens and Flintshire members for Broughton, Cllr Derek Butler and Cllr Billy Mullin, were among those worried about the plans.

Cllr Butler said his and others’ objections were not on business grounds.

“There are very valid business reasons,” he said. “But that’s one of the main access and egress junctions for Broughton. We’re basically a traffic island with two very poor escape routes.”

Head of planning Andy Roberts supported officers who said in this case, the traffic problems were not relevant to the application which was for an extension.

“You can’t make the Co-op the scapegoat,” said Mr Roberts. “That’s not proportionate. And I haven’t heard what harm would be caused by the application.”

Flintshire Council’s head of legal services Peter Evans said there were no highway issues for refusing the application.

“You have to have evidence to refuse and your experts say there’s none,” he said.

But Cllr Billy Mullin said: “It’s ironic you’re telling us there’s no problems. We tell you there’s problems day to day. Highways tell us one thing but we know on a daily basis what goes on.”

The application was refused by a vote of nine to seven.

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