Posted: Wed 20th Jul 2022

Appeal against refusal of Sandycroft housing plans dismissed over flood risk concerns

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2022

An appeal against the refusal of plans to build houses next to a groundworks business in Flintshire has been dismissed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cheshire Tarmac and Driveways Ltd applied in November 2020 to build six properties on land at Station Road in Sandycroft. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The family-owned firm, which specialises in tarmac and paving, is currently based at the site, but looking to move to a larger premises. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

However, permission for the scheme was refused by Flintshire Council in September last year because of the risk of flooding at the site and concerns about the impact on neighbours. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The company lodged an appeal with Planning and Environment Decisions Wales in April in a bid to have the ruling overturned. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

However, the planning inspector appointed to oversee the case has upheld the local authority’s decision. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In his report, Anthony Thickett said: “Although argued to be negligible, the appellant accepts that the flood consequences assessment and hydraulic modelling show the development would lead to increases in flooding potential. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The potential consequences of a flooding event are not, therefore, acceptable and the proposal does not satisfy criterion. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“In light of the extent site levels needing to be raised to address the risk of flooding, I share the council’s concerns regarding the visual impact of the proposed development on nearby occupiers. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I visited the site in the middle of a working day and whilst I heard little, if any, noise from the adjoining industrial uses, the noise generated by traffic, including large lorries passing along Station Road and Prince William Avenue was intrusive. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“In the absence of a noise survey, I cannot be certain that prospective residents would enjoy satisfactory living conditions.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Planning agents acting on the firm’s behalf previously claimed the economic benefits of the proposals would outweigh any harm. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They also highlighted a shortage of housing in Flintshire as a reason why the application should be approved. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

But Mr Thickett said it was not enough to address his concerns. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “I acknowledge that the proposed development would assist in addressing the shortfall. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“However, this and my findings regarding the impact of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area, are outweighed by my conclusions regarding flood risk and living conditions. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“For the reasons given above and having regard to all matters raised, I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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