Plans for more than 1,000 homes and a hotel in Bodelwyddan submitted


Suzanne Jordan

PLANS for a massive development in Bodelwyddan, including more than 1,700 houses, an 80 bed care home and a 100 bedroom hotel, have been submitted to Denbighshire County Council.

A council spokesperson for DCC confirmed that an application had been lodged by Barwood Land and Estates and that it would be voted on by planning committee members later this year.

The Cardiff-based company lodged the application, for the site of the east of the village alongside the A55, following a public exhibition of proposals.

A spokesperson from Barwood Land and Estates said: “Having reviewed and taken account of the comments and feedback received in the proposals as far as possible, Barwood Land submitted an outline planning application.

“The application is consistent with this key aspect of the Development Plan, and is the next step in realising development in this location, meeting the plan’s policy objectives and providing much needed new land for housing and employment development in a mixed-use sustainable addition to Bodelwyddan.”

Since the site was first earmarked by the DCC as a key area in its Local Development Plan (LDP), proposals have met with opposition.

Denbighshire councillors adopted the draft LDP after a lengthy debate last June, but residents and councillors against plans have argued that the character of village, which has a population of just over 2,000, will be lost.

Last year, cllr Derek Barker voiced his concerns: “This is not something that can be done overnight, the people of Bodelwyddan could be left with a building site for years.”

Owen Jones, a director of planning consultants Boyer Ltd, said in documents supporting the application that the village will be “not a new community and an old community side by side but a whole community that uses its existing assets”.

Cllr James Davies said that the significant development in Bodelwyddan was “probable” following the planning inspector’s decision about the LDP last year.

He said: “It will certainly change the village and the challenge is to ensure that whatever is built is of good quality, minimises impact on existing residents, incorporates necessary public facilities and helps boost the local economy.”

The planning application can be viewed on Denbighshire council’s planning website: Reference: 40/2013/1585

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