Plans to move Northop cricket pavilion and build homes could be batted away


Owen Evans

Plans to move a cricket pavilion and build more than 90 homes look set to be thrown out.

Flintshire Council’s planning committee will meet on Wednesday to determine proposals to demolish and relocate the pavilion at Northop Cricket Club before building 91 homes by the site.

The ambitious proposals have been recommended for refusal by planning bosses, who also revealed applicants Swn Dwr (Northop) Ltd and Anwyl Construction had appealed to the planning inspectorate over non-determination of the plans.

Andrew Farrow, the council’s chief officer for planning and environment, said: “Although there are a number of responses from statutory consultees awaited following the submission of additional information as part of the application, the applicants have lodged an appeal on the grounds of non-determination.

“In these circumstances the local planning authority is prescribed a period of a further four weeks in which to determine the application.”

Mr Farrow said while the authority could not demonstate a five year housing supply – as required by the Welsh Government – this proposal does not comply with local and national policies.

He said: “This is not the case with this application, particularly where it is considered that development will have an adverse and detrimental impact on the open character of the Green Barrier and setting of Northop, including the Conservation Area/Listed Buildings.

” In these circumstances the contribution that this development could make towards the supply of housing land is not sufficient to outweigh the harm identified above.

“In conclusion therefore the development represents inappropriate development in the Green Barrier and also has an unacceptable impact on the setting of the settlement, including the character of the conservation area/listed buildings in proximity to the site.

“Exceptional circumstances do not exist to clearly outweigh this harm, to warrant development at this location.”

A number of statutory consultees had asked for further information to be provided before they could submit an offering, including Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Water.

Objections to the proposal were also listed by Northop Community Council and 38 members of the public.

There were three letters which supported the proposals.

The applicants had argued that there were exceptional circumstances surrounding the proposal, including that the development is sustainable, the proposals would contribute to the council’s housing land supply and it would offer development of the cricket club.

A supporting statement submitted on behalf of the cricket club said: “Northop Cricket Club has the opportunity to enhance its facilities and secure its long-term future.

“Development of new clubhouse and car park facilities and the enhancement of practice nets is not possible via other means, as the club does not have the funds nor the means to attract them.

“This development would provide a huge boost to a valuable community sports club enabling it continue its great work in coaching and teaching the value of team sport to young people.”

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