Meliden residents are drawing up battle-plans once again to resist "catastrophic" plans for 133 homes they claim will swamp their village.

More than 80 villagers met at Ysgol Melyd to plan gathering evidence against a fresh application from Penrhyn Homes approval for the controversial housing development on Mindale Farm.

The villagers have already successfully countered the controversial development, with strong objections to a proposed access point to the site from The Grove, which is not only steep but also has a dangerous junction with the busy A547, causing Denbighshire County Council refusing permission last October.

Town councillor and former mayor Gerry Frobisher, of Meliden ward, said: "I think the whole development will have a catastrophic impact to the village if it does go ahead.

"One of the main concerns is the huge increase in traffic along the already dangerous main road through the village - there were two individual incidents over the last Christmas and New Year period when child pedestrians were hospitalised after being hit by cars.

"This is a development that has already lost two appeals by Penrhyn Homes, and is Meliden’s issue that will again gain momentum when any planning applications are submitted to the council."

The previous application was rejected by the commitee in April last year, against the advice of the planning officers, following a well-attended public hearing, and planning inspector Kay Sheffield turned down a subsequent appeal in October.

In rejecting the appeal, Ms Sheffield noted that although the principle of housing development on the site had been established, and the need for more housing land was a major consideration, the details of the scheme were inadequate.

The Journal reported in May of the amended application - which is yet to be tabled with planning but is available for public consultation - which includes a new access road from the A547 behind the houses on Ffordd Tynewydd.

Penrhyn Homes have also agreed to contribute towards the cost of extending Ysgol Melyd to accommodate the influx of children from the development.

The latest meeting was called by another former Prestatyn mayor, Bob Patterson, who lives in Ffordd Tynewydd, who urged residents to gather as much information as possible to support their arguments and a letter writing campaign against the scheme.

Mr Patterson said: “ Common sense says it should be refused, but unfortunately common sense does not always prevail.”

Another public meeting will be held once the application has been submitted.