Posted: Mon 21st Feb 2022

Appeal launched over refusal of affordable housing scheme in Mancot

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 21st, 2022

An appeal has been launched after plans for an affordable housing scheme aimed at helping people to get on the property ladder were refused. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Proposals by Wales and West Housing Association to create 25 new homes in the village of Mancot, near Hawarden, were rejected in May last year. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It followed concerns being expressed by community leaders over the loss of green space off Mancot Lane and the risk of flooding. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The housing association had claimed developing the overgrown area of land near Sandycroft Primary School would assist local people to find a home. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

However, members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee said building houses on the green barrier site would be “inappropriate”. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

An appeal has now been lodged Planning and Environment Decisions Wales in a bid to have the decision overturned. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mancot councillor Bob Connah told last May’s committee meeting there was significant opposition to the application within the community, with flooding reported to be a problem in the area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “Having lived within half a mile of the site, I can say categorically that this area does flood regularly. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Indeed, in January of this year you couldn’t see a blade of grass in that field because there was that much water. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It also falls within the green belt area and as such should not be developed.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Seven letters of objection were received against the scheme, with other issues raised including the impact on traffic and the potential strain it would place on local services. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Wales and West said the site would be used to accommodate a range of one to four-bedroom houses offered at lower-cost rental rates. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Speaking on the association’s behalf, planning agent Justin Paul asked councillors to consider deferring their decision to allow it to address the flooding concerns. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

But members said there were other reasons for refusal which could not be overcome. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The appeal will be decided by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government at a later date. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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


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