This is a quick update about the various planning applications affecting the village right now...
Application for 32 Houses
As a village, we defended this application successfully! The planning committee this week voted refusal, against the recommendation of the Flintshire Planning Department. The developer has the right to appeal the decision.
There were over 165 written objections – which is fantastic and made a real difference to how the committee viewed the application. THANK YOU! We need the same show of strength in these new applications:
Rhos Road (North) Ref.057396
Application for 40 Houses
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS:
Please write with your comments
We are reviewing the plans at the moment and will update.
Rhos Road (South) Ref. 057388
Application for 36 retirement apartments
NOT YET OPEN FOR COMMENTS
This proposal is outside of Flintshire's plan and outside of our settlement boundary (as Hawarden Road and Chester Road were). We are currently asking for no more development ahead of the LDP process which will be completed in 2019.
Redrow Chester Road
We are preparing for the appeal in November. More details to follow.
There were over 300 written objections – which, along with the questionnaire results from November provided plenty of evidence to persuade both planning officers and committee.
New School Update (unofficial)
After the public consultation in July and feedback from the Community Council, residents, pupils, teachers and governors, the 21st Century Schools team, supported by Flintshire’s CEO, have reviewed the plans and agreed to extra funding if necessary to support this updated design.
This is a preview, more details will be shared soon:
The feedback covered 4 main points:
1. Traffic concerns
A traffic impact survey is being conducted right now (including all the side and link roads) and will be completed and published after the 22nd Sept. The planning process will not move on until that report has been considered.
2. The positioning of the school in relation to neighbouring properties
The team reviewed different options on the site, moving the building to the centre of the plot and swapping the school and football pitch. None of these options were suitable for the needs of the school or practical physically or for the budget.
3. The design, specifically the flat roof, materials and bright colours and not fitting into the local environment.
The new plans have returned to an earlier design with pitched roof and gable ends – the one closer to neighbours is lower in height. The red colour has been toned down and is only used in the entrance areas. All the materials are natural in appearance.
4. The sustainability of the building
Details were provided of the plans for natural ventilation and solar energy capture and storage.
What happens next?
Flintshire schools team will take the revised plans to Cardiff to present the business case for the school before submitting an application for planning permission. Residents will have the opportunity to comment again once the application is made.
Application to expand the plant
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS
The plans include:
- installing a new mill
- mothballing (not removing) existing mills
- adding a new rail loading area
- movement of some finished product by rail rather than road
Hanson’s submission says that the expansion will protect jobs.
We are not anti-development but right now we are trying to prevent the village being swamped - there are nearly 300 houses in the planning system in our village right now and there has been no infrastructure improvements since the last 400 were added.
There is a lot happening in and around the village right now - we will be holding a public meeting very soon to go through everything.