Posted: Mon 13th Sep 2021

Updated: Mon 13th Sep

Appeal launched over refusal of housing plans for former Shotton medical centre site

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

An appeal has been launched after plans to replace a former medical centre in Deeside with houses were rejected.

The old community clinic site on Rowley’s Drive in Shotton had stood derelict for a number of years.

Building company Etheco Developments Limited applied for permission in October 2019 to knock the property down and create six timber-framed homes in its place.

However, although the building was allowed to be demolished last year after it suffered vandalism and arson attacks, the housing proposals were turned down.


It followed the firm objecting to a proposed requirement for it to pay more than £18,000 to improve capacity at a nearby school.

It has now appealed to the Planning Inspectorate to have the decision overturned after claiming the local authority had wrongly calculated that Hawarden High School was the the closest secondary school to the site.

In an appeal statement, company secretary Alistair Holl said Connah’s Quay High School was closer and had no capacity issues.

He said: “Etheco appeal against the reason for refusal of application as it is evident that a planning obligation related to education is not necessary in order to make the development acceptable.

“The proposed planning obligation is not appropriate in this case for the simple fact that the development could not possibly cause an adverse impact upon the education resources of the locality.

“It has been separately demonstrated that the authority has failed to undertake accurate distance calculations, and that the data upon which the authority relies is deeply flawed.


“Many developers may have simply accepted such a section 106 proposal in order to progress a development swiftly.

“As set out in the introduction however, Etheco is a privately funded not-for-profit venture, and operations will only be progressed in an ethical and appropriate manner.”

Mr Holl said the development would provide affordable housing for tenants at rent levels below market value.

A decision will be made on the appeal at a later date by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government.

Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email:


Researchers and patients across North Wales to support national multi-cancer detection test trial


Police witness appeal following assault in Mold


Businesses get more time to prepare for digital tax changes


BHF Cymru: Number of people waiting for life saving treatment for heart conditions in Wales at a record high


A&E waiting times in Wales were “the worst on record” last month, new figures reveal


First look at £31m redevelopment plans for Flintshire secondary school site


Over 2.6 million UK adults online were scammed since start of pandemic a Trading Standards survey reveals


Flintshire man jailed for ‘sophisticated’ multi-kilo cannabis cultivation operation


Public consultation launched on plans to build 700,000 sq ft tissue production facility in Deeside creating up to 400 jobs