Posted: Fri 13th Jan 2023

Nearly three-quarters of Denbigh 110-home development allocated as ‘affordable housing’

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Jan 13th, 2023

Denbigh will soon have 80 new affordable homes, following a controversial planning application for 110 homes being agreed. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Developers Castle Green Homes submitted plans to Denbighshire Council’s planning department to build houses on land next to Ysgol Pendref on Gwaenynog Road, Denbigh. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

A previous application was rejected in the spring of last year before Denbighshire’s planning committee agreed on the plans in November, despite some residents raising environmental concerns. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Their concerns were echoed in the council chamber with some councillors still worried about the loss of hedgerows and trees. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

A resubmitted application was considered by the planning committee on Wednesday following variations in conditions relating to the layout of the site, as well those concerning landscaping and ecology. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Social housing landlord Adra is now on board with the scheme, meaning 73 per cent (80) of the 110 homes proposed will be affordable. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Back in November, before Adra had signed up, only 20 per cent of the homes were set to be affordable. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Speaking after the meeting, planning committee member Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts welcomed the news. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He said: “This is great news for Denbigh as there is a massive backlog of a waiting list for affordable homes in the area. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“It is now time for Adra to crack on and develop this site and make sure the people of Denbigh get the homes they deserve in times of great austerity. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“My understanding is the developers want to move quickly, and that will be of great benefit to Denbigh to have decent houses going forward.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

But not everyone was pleased with the plans getting the green light. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Local resident Heidi Ridder said she was unhappy about the plans and feared for the environment. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

She said: “We would like to add that November’s meeting was blatantly biased in favour of the developer. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The panel was repeatedly reminded of how much it would cost the council if the application was again rejected. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This served only to encourage the panel to pass it no matter what the cost to the environment.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Clr Pauline Edwards also complained trees and hedgerow had been removed from the site, which she said should been protected. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

By Richard Evans – Local Democracy Reporter ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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