Campaigners speak out against Denbighshire's plans for new homes


Matt Jones

CAMPAIGNERS have voiced their opposition to plans to build more than 1000 extra homes.

Denbighshire Council has been told to increase the number of new houses in its Local Development Plan by the Welsh Government Planning Inspectorate despite including 7,500 homes in the document which runs until 2021.

Extra sites include 99 houses at Glan Fyddion Estate, Dyserth, 56 homes on land at Mid Nant Homestead, off Gronant Road, Prestatyn, 104 properties on land adjoining Hafod y Gân and Ysgol Tir Morfa, Rhuddlan, 26 houses at the corner of Sydenham Avenue and West Parade, Rhyl and 172 homes on land at the former HM Stanley hospital, St Asaph.

More than 100 people attended a meeting at Denbigh Town Hall on Friday to voice their opposition.

North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd said: "They have ignored local communities and elected councillors' views to impose these extra homes on us.

"They do so because they are guided by artificially inflated population projections that do not reflect natural organic growth.

"We're in danger of seeing an urban sprawl from Prestatyn to Llanfairfechan.

"Of course we need some housing - we want to enable young people to stay in their communities.

"That means creating jobs, training opportunities and affordable housing. This plan delivers none of those things. I want to see a positive alternative that puts community need first."

He called for community campaigners to lobby the council to reject these additional houses.

Other speakers included John Hutchison and Alice Jones, of Bodelwyddan Development Action Group - who have been campaigning for against plans to build an extra 1700 homes in their village and Cllr Arwel Roberts, of Rhuddlan, who opposes the plans to allocate green fields for homes next to the village's golf course.

The final decision will be made by the Planning Inspectorate.

A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: "We are working on all the responses now and will be taking a report to full council on December 4 for their recommendation on the sites.

"We will then provide Inspectors with the outcome, and further hearing sessions have been pencilled in for the week of January 21 at Rhyl Town Hall.

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