Posted: Fri 7th Dec 2018

Proposals for a Large Co-op in Penyffordd could help to deal with influx of new residents

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Dec 7th, 2018

Plans to build a large new Co-op store in a Flintshire village could help it to deal with an influx of new residents, it has been claimed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The national chain is currently preparing an application to build a 4,000 sq ft community store in Penyffordd. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Local representatives have recently met with the company to discuss their proposals for a site between the Millstone pub and the Millstone playground. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The new store would create five full time and 17 part-time jobs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Community councillor Alan Wight believes it could also help to handle the expected increase in the village’s population. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It comes as new housing developments are anticipated to see the number of residents grow to around 5,000 in the next five years. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Plans submitted for a new Co-op 

Mr Wight said: “When we opposed the various housing developments in our community, including Redrow, we argued that our facilities could not cope with more people. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We will have nearer to 5,000 residents in five years time. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“That is around the size of settlement that retailers such as Aldi would consider viable and usually when there is already retailers there. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The Spar and Co-op can survive side by side. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“That doesn’t mean an open door for more development, it is merely bringing facilities in line with the needs of the community today and in the near future.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A straw poll of villagers carried out by the community council found that 87 people were in favour of the store with five against. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Meanwhile, 48 said they supported the development, but felt it was in the wrong place. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mr Wight said he supported the proposals in general and his only reservations were around traffic management. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “From a social perspective this is a good location. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It will be a loss of green space in the village, but it is not public space, it is up to the landowner what they do with it within planning constraints.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The front of the store would be accessed via Hawarden Road and the Co-op said it had been designed to fit in with other nearby buildings. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The plans include 14 car parking spaces on the site with vehicle deliveries being made to the rear of the shop. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The application is expected to be made to Flintshire Council in early 2019 and, if successful, it could open by the end of the year. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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


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