Plans for 120 Flint homes sparks outrage


Jamie Nield-Siddall

PLANS to build more homes next to another large development has sparked outrage in a community.
Developers have provoked an angry reaction after announcing they are preparing to submit a planning application to build 120 homes on land off
Leadbrook Drive, Oakenholt, Flint – just yards away from the Croes Atti development, which will see about 650 homes built, plus a village green and play areas.
Leaflets have been sent out to residents by NJL Consulting, who are acting on behalf of developers Lavington Participation Corp and Duncraig Invest Corp, seeking residents’ views on the proposals.
Flintshire Council said it has advised the developers that the land lies outside the boundary in its Unitary Development Plan (UDP) adding: “Any application for residential development is likely to be refused.”
Oakenholt county councillor Rita Johnson said she hopes any application would be rejected, saying the development “is not wanted or not needed”.
In the leaflet sent out, developers say they have “some initial ideas for the site”, but are looking for input and comments from the community “to inform the final planning application”.
Resident Karl Andrews, 49, who has lived on Leadbrook Drive for 12 years, said he will be seeking compensation if the development gets the go-ahead.
“The street would just become part of a housing estate instead of a semi-rural street,” he said.
“I would lose value on the house. I wouldn’t want to live here anymore.
“I moved here for the rural location and for the views.
“If it went ahead the first thing I would look for is compensation. Someone would need to pay for devaluing my property.”
He said his neighbours, who only bought their home 12 months ago, were “fuming” after returning from holiday on Tuesday to discover the developers’ plans.
Cllr Johnson said if the plans went ahead it would be a “massive overdevelopment”.
“It would be on top of Croes Atti,” she said.
“The Welsh Government say we should be building so many houses over the next number of years but I want to know who these houses are for?
“It is just ridiculous. Are they after city status for Flint?”
Cllr Johnson said people in the area are very unhappy about the idea.
“I have heard they will be submitting an application. I’m hoping the planning committee will turn it down.
“The land is not even in the UDP. They have got the people up in arms. I think it is so wrong.”
Flintshire Council is set to increase its households by 4,300 by 2026 to meet Welsh Government projections.
A spokesman said: “Welsh Government projections indicate that the number of households in Flintshire is expected to rise from 63,900 in mid 2011 to 68,200 in mid 2026, based on the Welsh Government projections.
“The Welsh Government household projections and population projections will form part of the evidence base for the housing requirements in Flintshire which will be set out in the new Local Development Plan (LDP) for 2015-2030.
“Until the LDP is finalised the current UDP will provide the policy basis for decisions on planning applications.”

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