The Bromfield application is not correct when it describes Gwernaffield as ‘accessible‘. It does not comply with national Planning Policy regarding accessibility.
The Bromfield application says the proposed development site is ‘accessible by all means of transport including by private transport, on foot and by use of public transport…’
Actually: the facts about how long it would take from the proposed Coppy Farm housing estate to various destinations are:
Gwernaffield Accessibility (Source: Google Maps)
|Trip from Gwernaffield to:||Distance|| Walking|| Cycling|| Public Transport
|Mold Bus Station||2.3 miles||48 min.||12 min.||20 min.|
|Mold Secondary School||2.7 miles||56 min.||15 min.|| 20 min.
|Buckley||6.5 miles||2 hr. 07 min.||35 min.||1 hr. 08 min.min.|
|Flint Train Station||8.3 miles||2 hr. 31 min.||40 min||1hr. 00 min.|
|Queensferry||8.7 miles||2 hr. 52 min.||40 min.||1 hr. 29 min.|
|Wrexham Maelor Hospital||13.7 miles||4 hr. 26 min.||1 hr. 08.min.||1 hr. 27 min.|
|Wrexham Bus Station||14.4 miles||4 hr. 28 min.||1 hr. 11 min.||1 hr. 31 min.|
|Chester Bus Station||17.5 miles||4 hr. 47 min.||1 hr. 14 min.||1 hr. 33 min.|
|Liverpool Airport||35.7 miles||11 hr. 00 min.||3 hr. 14 min.||3 hr. 03 min.|
|Manchester Airport||44.5 miles||1 day||4 hr. 15 min.||3 hr. 48 min.|
NOTE: The Walking and Cycling columns take no account of the steep hill climb (100 metres high) from Lidl, Mold to Gwernaffield – which would add considerably to the time and effort required for that return journey.
Walking or cycling to and from Mold is therefore only for the fittest – and even then not with bags of shopping. Walking or cycling much beyond Mold for school, work or shopping is very unlikely indeed.
There is no Cycle route between Gwernaffield and Mold – just a 60 mph road most of the way, which even the Bromfield application acknowledges ‘may be intimidating for some…’ as the recent pictures below show:
The Bromfield application says: ‘…Mold bus station also provides links to Wrexham, Chester and further afield.’
Actually: public transport from Gwernaffield to towns outside of Mold takes over an hours journey each way, making this an unlikely means of commuting to/from them.
The Bromfield application says: ‘There are bus stops within walking distance of the site along Cilcain Road. Regular service (route number 6) operate from these bus stops at approximately hourly intervals and provide a link between the site and Mold as well as other nearby towns [sic] including Gwernymynydd and Pantymwyn.’
Actually: the number 6 bus service operates Monday to Saturday (except Bank Holidays). There is no public transport service to Gwernaffield on any Sunday or Bank Holiday.
The first bus to leave Gwernaffield is the 08.23 – arriving Mold Bus Station at 08.45 – but this only runs on school days (and not during school holidays).
On Saturdays and school holidays only the first bus to leave Gwernaffield is the 08.25 – arriving Mold Bus Station at 08.42.
The first ‘hourly’ Monday to Friday bus leave Gwernaffield at 09.00 – arriving Mold Bus Station at 09.22 . The last bus leaves Gwernaffield at 18.03 – arriving Mold Bus Station at 18.17 .
Therefore – if you live in Gwernaffield you cannot use public transport to get to Mold on a Sunday or Bank Holiday. On other days the earliest you can get to Mold is 08.42 and the latest is 18.17.
The first bus from Mold to Gwernaffield is the 08.05 – arriving at 08.20. The last bus from Mold is the 17.35 arriving at 17.57.
Therefore – if you live in Gwernaffield you cannot use public transport to get from Mold on a Sunday or Bank Holiday. On other days the earliest you can get to Gwernaffield is 08.22 and the latest is 17.57.
Actually: unless you never work Sundays or Bank Holidays; only work in Mold; always start work after 08.45 and always leave before 17.35 – it is impossible to use public transport from Gwernaffield to commute to & from full-time employment in Mold or towns further afield.
FOOTNOTE: Flintshire CC is currently reviewing the Bus Network and the subsidised Route 6 may potentially be under threat since ‘there is no statutory duty upon the Council to provide local bus services, or fund any form of public transport’.
This site is therefore not a ‘highly accessible site’ as alleged, in terms of walking, cycling or public transport.
Planning Policy Wales, Edition 10 (December 2018) states:
Accessibility 3.45 ‘Spatial strategies should support the objectives of minimising the need to travel, reducing reliance on the private car and increasing walking, cycling and use of public transport’
The Bromfield application is not correct when it describes Gwernaffield as ‘accessible’. It does not comply with national Planning Policy regarding accessibility.
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