PLANS for a huge housing development in Flintshire have been submitted to the council.

Castle Green Homes has formally submitted a planning application for 300 homes on land to the west of Gladstone Way and west of Ash Lane in Hawarden. The scheme would include 105 homes being designated affordable housing. 

The site is approximately 27.33 acres (11.06 hectares) and consists of a number of agricultural fields bound by existing residential properties on its northern, eastern and western boundaries. Land beyond the site’s southern boundary is open countryside currently in use for agricultural purposes.

The site is allocated for residential development in the adopted Flintshire Local Development Plan. The proposed 300 homes will comprise a range of two-storey one-to-four-bedroom properties and include a variety of flats, terraced, semi-detached and detached properties. 

The Leader: Plans for 300 homes have been submittedPlans for 300 homes have been submitted (Image: Castle Green Homes)

As part of a public consultation on the development launched last year, Castle Green Homes said: "In addition to the provision of on-site public open space, Castle Green Homes will agree a range of financial contributions with the local planning authority as part of the planning application, to provide funding for the improvement of local facilities and infrastructure to mitigate the impact of the development.

"The dwellings, roads and associated landscaping will be designed and constructed to a high standard and will be entirely in keeping with the character of the surrounding area and in accordance with relevant policies within the Flintshire Local Development Plan, offering a well-considered and attractive place to live for future residents and make a significant contribution to meeting the identified housing needs of Flintshire."


Further documents relating to the planning application have not yet been uploaded to Flintshire Council's website, but a target decision date has been set for May 12, 2024. 

The site has long been the subject of local objection - with 2,500 people signing a petition against the Ash Lane development. Signs saying 'Stop the build' were placed across Hawarden. 

There are concerns over the impact on flooding, the loss of green space and inadequate local infrastructure to meet the need of extra population.

Hawarden councillor, Sam Swash, has been at the forefront of the campaign against the development. 

He said: "This formal planning application represents the culmination of landowners, developers, the council, and the Welsh Government teaming up in the interests of private profit in complete defiance of the local community.

"It is obvious to anyone who cares to look that this is an inappropriate and dangerous scheme which is bad for existing residents and new residents alike, all of whom will rely on increasingly non-existent local services and overstretched infrastructure.

"Even if those pushing this plan wish to continue to ignore the residents of Hawarden and Mancot, the residents of Hawarden and Mancot will not ignore them. They should expect our complete resistance."