LATEST NEWS

The Coppy Farm Housing Estate Application

News: Friday 25 September 2020

NOT going to 30 September Planning Committee

The Coppy Farm Housing Estate Applications is NOT on the agenda.

The earliest the Application can be considered is now the scheduled 28 October meeting, although the Planning Officer has indicated that it could be later.

Depending upon the significance of any amendments, it could still require another consultation period before it can go to the Planning Committee.

Meanwhile, we thought you might be interested in another Planning Application going before the Committee this month:

Development of 90 Houses at Plas Aney, Ruthin Rd, Mold

This Application has many similarities to the Coppy Farm one. The Chief Planning Officer is recommending REFUSAL for reasons which, in summary, include:

a) insufficient evidence to identify the need to bring forward this speculative site outside the settlement boundary (of Mold);
b) in the absence of the evidence of need, and in light of the satisfactory levels of housing completions, commitments and allocations (as set out in the Deposit LDP) the Council does not attach considerable weight to the need to increase housing delivery;
c) it would prejudice the plan-led system with respect to the most appropriate housing sites from being brought forward (as set out in the Deposit LDP);
d) insufficient evidence has been provided to identify the very exceptional circumstances necessary to justify inappropriate development within an area of open countryside…
e) the proposal would result in a form of unsustainable development…

Many of the above reasons are familiar to the Coppy Farm Housing Estate objectors, who will be pleased to see them included in an Officer’s Report recommending REFUSAL of such a speculative Application.

It will be interesting to see how the Councillors on the Planning Committee vote.

[those who are interested in reading the Planning Officer’s Report, click on the following link]http://committeemeetings.flintshire.gov.uk/documents/s60957/061154%20-%20Full%20application%20-%20Proposed%20residential%20development%20for%2090%20no.%20residential%20units%20of%20accommo.pdf?LLL=0

We shall keep you posted on any further news. Meanwhile stay safe.

News: Thursday 27 August 2020

NOT going to 2 September Planning Committee

The Coppy Farm Housing Estate Applications is NOT on the agenda.

The earliest the Application can be considered is now the scheduled 30 September meeting. 

Depending upon the significance of any amendments, it could still require another consultation period before it can go to the Planning Committee.

We shall keep you posted.

News: Thursday 30 July 2020

NOT going to 5 August Planning Committee

The Coppy Farm Housing Estate Applications is NOT on the agenda.

The earliest the Application can be considered is now the scheduled 2 September meeting. 

Depending upon the significance of any amendments, it could still require another consultation period before it can go to the Planning Committee.

We shall keep you posted.

News: Friday 3 July 2020

NOT going to 8 July Planning Committee

The Coppy Farm Housing Estate Applications is NOT on the agenda.

The earliest the Application can be considered is now the 5th August meeting. 

Depending upon the significance of any amendments, it could still require another consultation period before it can go to the Planning Committee.

We shall keep you posted.

News: Thursday 4 June 2020

Planning Committees are now VIRTUAL

Virtual meetings are now being held by the Flintshire Planning Committee, because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The first was on 29 April and the next is on 10 June 2020.
The Coppy Farm Estate Application has yet to appear on the agenda.

The earliest the Coppy Farm Application can be considered is now the 8th July meeting. 

This may further delay consideration of the amended application as, depending upon the significance of the amendments, it could still require another consultation period before it can go before the Planning Committee.

We shall keep you posted. Meanwhile stay safe.

News: Friday 27 March 2020

April Planning Committees CANCELLED

Just to confirm that this application CANNOT go to the Planning Committees in April as they have been cancelled because of coronavirus lockdown. 

This will set back consideration of the amended application beyond the envisaged June or July and, depending upon the significance of the amendments, it may require a further consultation period beyond that.

Goodness knows when the Commitee meetings will recommence but we shall let you know when they do.

News: Friday 28 February 2020

Consideration POSTPONED

Just to confirm that the application is NOT going to next weeks Planning Committee. The Committee visit to the site, planned for Monday 2 March, will NOT now go ahead either. Everything has been postponed.

The Planning Officer informed us that the reason for the postponement is to allow more time for the applicant to work on further amendments to the application, including a further ecology survey – which cannot be carried out until May.

We envisage this will set back consideration until June or July and, depending upon the significance of the amendments, it may require a further consultation period beyond that.

We will keep you posted as more information comes to light. Meanwhile please inform your family, friends and neighbours and ask them NOT to attend the Planning Committee meeting next Wednesday.

News: Thursday 27 February 2020

IT’s NOT GOING to 4 March Planning Committee

We checked the Flintshire Planning Committee website today and discovered that the Coppy Farm application was NOT on the agenda for next weeks meeting.

The Planning Department confirmed that the application was definitely NOT being considered next week. But the person we spoke to could offer no explanation as to why not.

We shall contact the Planning Officer concered tomorrow to try to elicit the full facts.

We shall keep you posted on what we find out

News: Thursday 20 February 2020

IT’s GOING to 4 March Planning Committee

The Planning Officer has today advised that the application is on the Agenda for the 1.00 p.m. 4th March Planning Committee (barring unforseen circumstances).

There have been no amended details submitted (hence no requirement for public consultation) so it is the original application (059396) for ’80 dwellings, convenience store and asssociated development’ that will be considered. 

The Agenda for the meeting will be published the week before, which will include the Planning Officer’s report and recommenedation. We shall let you know what it says.

I shall be attending the meeting and requesting to speak on behalf of the many Gwernaffield residents who have expressed their opposition to this speculative development application.

I hope that as many of you as possible will also attend, to show solidarity with ‘Gwernaffield-says-no’ and to make your strong objections known to the Planning Committee Members.

News: Sunday 20 January 2020

NOT going to February Planning Committee

The applicant’s agent has contacted the Planning Officer requesting that the application is NOT taken to the next Planning Committee meeting, as they intend to further amend the scheme and will be submitting details imminently. 
 

The Planning Officer hopes to take the matter to the March Planning Committee, as there is currently capacity at this meeting.  However, the Council may need to consult on the amended details and give sufficient time for people to comment.


We have asked the Planning Officer to provide an update, following his discussions with the agent, and to outline what the consultation process will be.  Specifically, we have asked if those who commented on the original application will be approached by the Council for comments on the revised application and if the consultation will be publicly advertised.

We will keep you posted on further developments.

News: Saturday 4 January 2020

NOT going to January Planning Committee

The Agenda for the January Planning Committee Meeting has been published and it does NOT include the Coppy Farm Estate Application.

We assume that this is because the Council has not yet received the anticipated amended application from the applicant because:

1) amended plans are NOT on the Council’s website’

2) there has NOT been a further Public Consultation

We shall contact the Planning Department to seek clarification and will keep you posted on any further developments. 

News: Wednesday 20 November 2019

Application – BEING AMENDED!

We contacted the Planning Department to ask when this Application was going to Committee and were told that it was definitely not going to the 4 December Planning Committee Meeting.

The Planning Officer also said:


 1. The applicant is amending the planning application, although it has not yet been received by the Council.


 2. It understood that the revised application will have less total units and more affordable housing units. There will also be an area of public open space.


 3. The Council’s Planning Policy Officer has advised that whilst this could improve the application, in that it may remove some of the objections, they would probably still recommend REFUSAL as, for example, it will not improve the village’s accessibility or sustainability.


 4. The revised application may meet the Council’s requirement for affordable housing. (We have asked for further clarification).


 5. The application will definitely not be considered at the December Planning Committee. As there will need to be a further Public Consultation period, it may not be considered until the February Committee, at the earliest.  (Obviously we will keep you posted on this).


 6. All those who had written either in support of, or objecting to, the application should receive a letter from the Council advising them of the revised application and Public Consultation. (We don’t know when).


 7. The amended plans will go on the Council’s website when they are received. (We shall send out a link once it does).

We shall keep you posted on any further developments. Once the content of the amended application is known we shall let you know how best to comment/object.

News: Thursday 17 October 2019

NOT going to November Planning Committee

We contacted the Planning Department to ask when this Application was going to Committee and were told it was definitely not going to be on the Agenda for 6 November.

The Planning Officer also said:

1) The applicant and his agent have been advised that the Planning Officer’s report will be recommending REFUSAL of this application;

2) If the planning Committee does refuse it, it is expected that the applicant will appeal.

It is now likely that this application will go to the Planning Committee on 4 December.

News: Monday 7 October 2019

Coppy Farm Site ‘UNSUITABLE’ – says LDP

The FCC Deposit LDP says that the Coppy Farm Site is unsuitable for a housing development and the boundary of Gwernaffield should not be extended to include it.

Click on ‘Copy Farm Site ‘UNSUITABLE’ tab above for more details.

News: Friday 4 October 2019

Deposit LDP out for Consultation

Flintshire County Council has published the Deposit Local Development Plan (LDP). The Deposit LDP sets out the Council’s proposed planning policy framework for the period 2015 to 2030, identifying what can be built and where.

Click on the ‘Deposit LDP out to Consultation’ tab above for more details.

News: Tuesday 24 September 2019

NOT going to 2 October Planning Committee

We contacted the Planning Department to ask when this Application was going to Committee and were told it was definitely not going to be on the Agenda for 2 October.

The Planning Officer said this was because he was awaiting further information from the applicant and others which had delayed its consideration.

He said it may possibly go to the Planning Committee Meeting on 6 November.

News: Monday 19 August 2019

NOT going to 4 September Planning Committee

We contacted the Planning Department to ask when this Application was going to Committee and were told it was definitely not going to be on the Agenda for 4 September.

The Planning Officer said this was because of his ‘workload’ and that he had ‘a long report’ to write regarding this particular application.

He said it was ‘very likely’ that it will be going to the Planning Committee Meeting on 2 October.

News: Friday 2 August 2019

Flintshire CC Approves Deposit LDP

Flintshire CC held a special meeting on 23 July 2019 and voted 46 in favour with 4 abstention to approve the Deposit Local Development Plan which will now go out for 6 weeks public consultation, commencing 30 September up to 11 November 2019.

The plan shows 11 sites allocated for housing development. None of the Gwernaffield candidate sites have been selected.

To see more information about the LDP and its impact upon Gwernaffield click on the ‘FLINTSHIRE DEPOSIT LDP (2015-2030) tab at the top of the page.

News: Friday 12 July 2019

NOT going to June 26 Planning Committee

We contacted the Planning Department to ask when this Application was going to Committee and were told it was definitely not going to be on the Agenda for 24 July. No reason was given.

There are no Planning Committee meetings scheduled during August, so the earliest it could go to Committee is now 4 September 2019.

Flintshire’s (Draft) Deposit LDP published

Meanwhile, Flintshire’s (Draft) Deposit Local Development Plan will be considered by the Cabinet on 16 July, prior to being considered by the full County Council meeting on 23 July. If approved, it will then go out to public consultation for six weeks, commencing September 30th.

We are going to read the (Draft) Deposit LDP in full and then produce and circulate a further newsletter outlining in summary its implications for Gwernaffield and the Coppy Farm Application. 

For those other insomiacs amongst you, who simply cannot wait to read all of the documents in full, the links are below:

Executive Summary (6 pages)
Flintshire Deposit Local Development Plan (2015-2030) PDF 195 KB 

Draft Deposit Plan (270 pages)
Enc. 1 for Flintshire Deposit Local Development Plan (2015-2030) , item 7. PDF 2 MB 

We shall keep you posted on any further developments. 

News: Wednesday 26 June 2019

Update on Local Development Plan Timetable

A further revision to the LDP Delivery Agreement has been approved by Welsh Government and can be viewed at: 

https://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/PDFFiles/Planning/Preferred-Strategy-Consultation/LDPDeliveryAgreement-MainDoc-MAY2019.pd

What this means:
Flintshire CC has requested a further extension to the time taken to prepare their LDP.
It will not be ready for adoption until July 2021 earliest – a total plan preparation time that is 7 years longer than the national average!
FCC is one of the last two local planning authorities yet to adopt a first LDP.

Welsh Government Response
Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government, has ‘with extreme reluctance‘ agreed to the extension of the timetable.
But she told FCC that she fully expects the new timetable to be adhered to ‘with no further delays‘.

She also said she found it ‘extremely disapointing‘ that FCC had requested more time, saying:
This is particulary pertinent as your authority is continuing to suffer the pressure of speculative planning applications and appeals due to a lack of an adopted development plan. The longer this situation persists will be to the greater detriment to local communities and the reputation of the planning system‘. [Her letter can be viewed at the end of the above link – Appendix 12]

Effect upon Coppy Farm Housing Estate
The Coppy Farm Application may go to the 24 July Planning meeting. In the light of the LDP delay, and its potential impact upon such speculative applications, we’ll definitely need to raise our profile again. 

News: Friday 14 June 2019

NOT going to June 26 Planning Committee

We contacted the Planning Deparment to ask when this Application was going to Committee and were told it was not going to be on the Agenda for 26 June.

News: Wednesday 22 May 2019

NOT going to May 29 Planning Committee Meeting

The Agenda for 29 May meeting has been published and the Coppy Farm Housing Estate application is not on it.

It will probably go to the 26th June meeting. So we’ll need to be ready to raise our profile again, to make our objections known before and at that meeting, because of the time elapsed since the application was submitted.

News: Wednesday 24 April 2019

NOT going to May Planning Committee Meeting

The planning officer told us this week that this application will definitely not be going to the 1st May meeting. It is unlikely to go to the 29 May meeting either. But it will probably go to the 26th June meeting.will probably go to the 26th June meeting.

News: Sunday 31 March 2019

NOT going to April Planning Committee Meeting

The planning officer told us last week that this application will not be going to the 3rd April Meeting. It may go to the 1st May or possibly the June meeting.

News: Monday 25 February 2019

NOT going to March Planning Committee Meeting

The planning officer told us today that this application will not be going to the 6 March Meeting. It may go to the 3 April or possibly 1 May meeting.

Also, as at today, there are 11 Comments in support of the planning application and 88 against.

News: Tuesday 19 February 2019

1) PAC Report uploaded 
The Pre-Application Consultation Report has now been uploaded to the FCC Website (click link below):

https://digital.flintshire.gov.uk/FCC_Planning/Home/NewDocView/147987

This document contains all of the comments received on the pre-application consultation (2 in favour and 20 against) and the applicant’s responses to them. 

2) Community Council Letter

The letter to FCC from the Community Council, following the extraordinary meeting of 22 January 2019 when it unanimously objected to the planning application, is on the Community Council’s website (click link below):

https://www.gwernaffield.org.uk/uploads/5/4/6/3/54633893/20190206_gpcc_objection_pa059396_finaladjusted.pdf

The CC’s letter was also forwarded to members of the FCC Planning Committee, the Planning Officer and relevant AM and MP.

News: Monday 18 February 2019

1) Going to Committee

We have been informed by the planning officer dealing with this application that:  

Given the size of the development the application will be referred to the Planning Committee.”

We are not sure if this will be the 6 March meeting or 3 April but will let you know as soon as it is confirmed. 

2) PAC Report to be uploaded 

We visited the Council Offices on Friday and inspected the Coppy Farm File. We discovered the PAC (Pre-Application Consultation) Report was in there and asked why it had not been uploaded onto the Council’s website. We were rung this morning and told that it should have been – and that it will be uploaded soon (not yet on at the time of writing).

This document contains all of the comments received on the pre-application consultation (2 in favour and 20 against) and the applicant’s responses to them. It should have been put on the website with the rest of the documents lodged with the full application.

This is a serious ommission by the Council. We should have had sight of the PAC Report before our public meeting and before we submitted our individual responses to the full planning application.

We shall keep you posted on any further developments.

Thanks for your support – Together we are stronger!

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