Oppose the proposed 80-houses development near the village
However much the Bromfield application tries to say that the land surrounding Coppy Farm is within the settlement boundary, the fact is that it is not. Moreover, the proposed development on this land conflicts with Flintshire CC’s declared strategy and policy.
The Bromfield Application says:
* ‘The application site is located partially within the development boundary of Gwernaffield‘
* ‘The application site is located partially within, but mainly adjoining, the development boundary of Gwernaffield’
* ‘… the application site is located within Gwernaffield’
Actually: it is located SUBSTANTIALLY outside of it!
When the application was made for the Farm Shop and access road (in June 2017) Flintshire County Council published a map which showed Coppy Farm is within the settlement boundary of Gwernaffield. But the surrounding farm fields are not – they lie within the open countryside.
Taking Bromfield’s published site location plan and overlaying it onto their housing estate plan reveals that only 7 of the proposed houses would fall within the Coppy Farm site. The remaining 73 houses (91%) and the convenience store are on the green fieldsoutside of the Gwernaffield settlement boundary.
Flintshire County Council’s Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2000-2015 classified Gwernaffield as aCategory C – small villages (0-10% growth). ‘The small villages category includes the smallest settlements which generally have poor accessibility to public transport, poor facilities… ‘Any growth in this band will generally be restricted to a maximum of 10% of the existing housing stock where possible and new development will also need to meet proven local needs’
Flintshire CC’s ‘Local Development Plan 2015-2030 Preferred Strategy Consultation Document Background Paper‘ classifiesGwernaffield as a ‘tier 4 Defined Village’ where “..housing development will only be permitted adjoining settlement boundaries related to the scale, character and role of the settlement and which delivers local needs affordable housing”
The Bromfield application says:The development would include 2 affordable dwellings‘
Actually: the remaining 78 would not be affordable.
Flintshire CC’s Document the GF0001 ‘Land adjacent to Coppy Farm’ site entry (the proposed development site) is coloured ‘red’ with the comments ‘This site does not comply with the Council’s Preferred Strategy due to the position of the settlement in the settlement hierarchy.’
The Bromfield Application concludes by saying: ‘The proposal is contrary to some development plan policies as the site lies within the open countryside’.
However much the Bromfield Application tries to say that the land surrounding Coppy Farm is within the settlement boundary, the fact is that it is not. Moreover, the proposed development on this land conflicts with Flintshire CC’s declared strategy and policy.
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