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Housing scheme approved at Broughton Park

DEVELOPERS have outline approval for housebuilding at Broughton Park in Broughton.

Development Securities plc appealed against non determination when Flintshire County Council failed to decide their application, which included a new access, in the laid down period.

Following a public inquiry, the inspector recommended permission and that has been accepted by minister for environment and sustainable development John Griffiths AM, the county's planning and development control committee was due to hear yesterday (Wednesday, November 7).

The main issues included the principle of residential development, highways, affordable housing, the provision of a health centre, flooding and ecology.

The minister agreed with the inspector the development was acceptable and referred to the shortfall in housing.

He noted residents' concerns about traffic congestion but pointed to a proposed pedestrian and cycle link to Broughton Hall Road which offered the prospect of an improvement.

The minister imposed a requirement for 30% affordable housing and agreed with the inspector that the provision of a health centre on the site was neither necessary nor reasonable.

There was no compelling evidence the development would add to flooding issues. No protected species would be affected.

The minister's decision also covered public open space, a multi-use games area and a buffer strip along the western boundary together with an educational contribution of £500,000 for classroom accommodation in the primary and secondary schools which would potentially cater for children in the development.

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