Posted: Thu 31st Mar 2022

Detailed plans for 500 new homes approved on former Deeside steelworks site

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 31st, 2022

Detailed plans for 500 new homes have been approved on a former industrial site in Deeside. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Two separate applications to build houses on land at the old Corus steelworks site in Garden City were discussed by councillors on Wednesday,  March 30. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The first related to proposals by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association to create 100 affordable properties as part of the Northern Gateway scheme, which also includes the neighbouring Airfields site. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Developers Bellway Homes are also planning to construct 400 houses at the Corus site as part of long-standing ambitions of Flintshire Council and the Welsh Government to deliver a mixed-use redevelopment in the area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The reserved matters applications by the two housing organisations were considered by members of the local authority’s planning committee after being recommended for approval by officials. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Speaking at the virtual meeting, cabinet member for planning Chris Bithell said Clwyd Alyn’s plans would provide a number of benefits for the area. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “This site already has planning permission for a mixed-use development and forms part of the Northern Gateway site. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It’s land which has previously been used and is a brownfield site which is ripe for development. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The application will produce 100 properties, and 100 per cent of them will be affordable. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“There will be one, two, three and four-bedroom properties, including apartments and a few bungalows as well. The application is therefore acceptable in planning terms.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Concerns were expressed during the meeting over the lack of a financial contribution to boost capacity at local schools after the housing association said it would make the scheme unviable. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cllr Bernie Attridge said he would be supporting the application, but voiced frustration over what he described as the “pepper-potting” of social housing alongside private developments. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The proposals were approved at the end of the debate with all but one committee member voting in favour. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The plans submitted by Bellway Homes were discussed later in the meeting, which councillors were told would lead to a payment of £970,000 by the developer to improve facilities at Hawarden High School and Sealand Primary School. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Imogen Zulver, a planning agent acting on the company’s behalf, said this was despite the financial contribution potentially impacting the viability of the scheme. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

She said: “Members will already be familiar with the strategic site having just considered the reserved matters application for 100 affordable homes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Collectively the developments will provide a significant contribution towards meeting housing needs in the county. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“An independent assessment has been undertaken which considers viability implications for the delivery of the wider strategic site. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This confirms that there are significant viability issues, but this scheme can provide a £970,000 contribution.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Some members voiced reservations over the proposals after it was revealed the level of affordable housing outlined had been reduced from 30 per cent to just a tenth of the properties. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cllr Attridge said he could not support the application, despite the developers claiming that providing a higher proportion of affordable housing would make the scheme unviable. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cllr Mike Peers said there was a demand for lower priced housing in the area and the original percentage should stand. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

However, officers said the viability of the scheme was an important matter and the significant contribution towards education should also be considered. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Speaking in support of the plans, Cllr Derek Butler, the council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “Officers have pointed out that the extent of the whole site in this area is amazing and what we’ve done today is delivering. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This is a very positive day in planning with some major developments being taken forward and we’ll be delivering for our people.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The proposals by Bellway Homes were later approved by nine votes to three by councillors. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Photo: JedEx ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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