A PLAN to build more than 100 homes in Kinmel Bay has been refused by the Planning Inspectorate.
In June last year Conwy County Council’s planning committee granted permission to build the 102 homes at St Asaph Avenue and Gwellyn Avenue, despite planning officers recommending the development be refused.
The decision was then refered to Welsh Government and a report by planning inspector Emyr Jones has ruled that outline planning permission should be refused.
Council officers had originally recommended refusal as they said the level of protection afforded by existing flood defences against future sea level changes fell short of guidelines and there was no certainty that future maintenance or improvement would be sufficient to protect against any rise.
However, members of the committee voted to approve the application as the site constitutes previously developed land, it had been allocated for housing in a past local development plan and would provide much needed affordable housing in the area.
Any potential future flood, based on current sea levels, was considered to be a 1 in 200 year event.
In conclusion Mr Jones said: "I do not consider that the considerations in support of the proposal are sufficient to outweigh the potential harm that would arise from flooding and the identified conflict with local and national policies in respect of development in a flood zone.
"I have taken into account all other matters raised but nothing outweighs the considerations that have led me to my main conclusion that outline planning permission should not be granted."