Campaigners celebrate after Denbigh homes plan rejected


Josh Morris

Campaigners are claiming victory after a 73 home development was turned down by the council’s planning committee.

The development at Brookhouse near Denbigh was recommended for approval by council officers but local county councillor Mark Young says the decision to block the move by 24 votes to one is a vote for future generations.

Denbighshire County Council’s officers had accepted that developers Pure Residential wouldn’t have to pay money towards education facilities as there are currently enough primary and secondary school places overall for the number of children predicted to be at the site.

However with several schools using temporary accommodation, councillors believed that some schools are already beyond capacity.

Cllr Mark Young said: “There were that many letters sent in I couldn’t keep count, the passion of people against the overdevelopment of this area is huge.

“They haven’t proved the infrastructure can cope. To say the drainage and soakaways can cope without any designs or even the size of pipes, you can’t say it’d be sucesful

“My main gripe was the developers not paying into education. Potentially for the two sites here the developers would have to pay half a million pounds into the fund

“That’s agreed by the members in the development brief and the officers took it upon themselves to say they didn’t have to pay a penny

“We have kids in temporary accommodation in Denbigh and that money should be to used to improve the education facilities

“The vote against it was to support children in denbigh and I applaud members for standing up to the officers.

“Developers can build but they’ve got to agree to pay in, and pay their fare share where the development is. If anything happems we shouldn’t be worse off and it’s not for officers to write off extra funding.

“I hope they learn and we can all have a sensible conversation on how the developers pay money into the community which is quite normal on other sites.

“It’s not right to be a rich country and kids to be learning portacabins.”

Chair of the Planning Committee, Cllr Joe Welch said: “A lot of time and effort went in to writing the site development brief and councillors clearly felt that this planning application did not adhere strictly enough to this brief.

”One of the main concerns from councillors was the lack of financial contribution towards education.

”They felt that the brief states that, even if the additional increase in pupil numbers expected from the development does not fill all surplus places, a financial contribution would still be expected to improve facilities at nearby schools.”

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