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Controversial plans for 1000 extra Denbighshire homes

Published date: 12 December 2012 |
Published by: Matt Jones
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PLANS which could see an extra 1,000 homes built throughout Denbighshire have been added to the county’s draft local development plan.

Sites including Dyserth, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan, Rhyl and St Asaph have been included in the document after the Welsh Government said the authority’s initial proposals of 7,500 homes was not enough.

Last week, members of the full council voted to include the sites in their plan but, before the meeting, campaigners expressed their anger about the 21 extra sites.

North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd said: “This is in addition to the thousands of homes already announced and is a pattern that is being repeated across Wales.

“We're in danger of seeing an urban sprawl from Prestatyn to Llanfairfechan, good agricultural land being concreted over, our transport network failing to cope and our schools and health services overwhelmed.”

A consultation on the additional housing sites ran for eight weeks from September 11 to November 6.

Councillors agreed an extra condition on the phasing policy so that when the plan runs out in 2021, all of the additional sites are taken off the list.

They also agreed to reduce the density of housing from 26 to 12 at the Sandringham Avenue site in Rhyl.

A spokeswoman for Denbighshire Council said: “We sent out almost 4,000 letters to people who had previously commented on the LDP,or who had asked to be kept informed.”

In total 432 comments were received from 150 respondents relating to the potential additional sites, the phasing policy and the process itself.

A report to councillors said: “It is important to note that this additional 1,000 dwellings does not increase in any way the identified and agreed need figure of 7,500 houses but simply provides a greater opportunity and flexibility for the market to meet that figure over the lifetime of the plan should the demand materialise.”

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