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An appeal against the denial of plans to build houses next to an earthworks company in Flintshire has been dismissed.

Cheshire Tarmac and Driveways Ltd applied in November 2020 to build six properties on land in Station Road in Sandycroft.

The family business, specializing in tarmac and paving, is currently based on the site, but is looking to move to larger premises.

However, planning permission was refused by Flintshire Council in September last year due to the risk of flooding at the site and concerns about the impact on neighbours.

The company appealed to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales in April seeking to overturn the decision.

However, the town planning inspector appointed to oversee the case upheld the local authority’s decision.

In his report, Anthony Thickett said: “Although allegedly insignificant, the caller accepts that the flood impact assessment and hydraulic modeling show that the development would result in an increase in flood potential.

“The potential consequences of flooding are therefore not acceptable and the proposal fails the criterion.

“In light of the extent of the levels of the site that need to be raised to deal with the risk of flooding, I share Council’s concerns about the visual impact of the proposed development on nearby occupants.

“I visited the site in the middle of a working day and although I heard little to no noise from adjacent industrial uses, noise generated by traffic including large trucks passing along Station Road and Prince William Avenue, was intrusive.

“In the absence of a noise survey, I cannot be certain that future residents would enjoy satisfactory living conditions.”

Planning officers acting on behalf of the company have previously claimed that the economic benefits of the proposals would outweigh any harm.

They also pointed to a housing shortage in Flintshire as the reason the application should be approved.

But Mr Thickett said that was not enough to address his concerns.

He said: “I recognize that the proposed development would help fill the gap.

“However, this and my conclusions regarding the impact of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area are balanced by my conclusions regarding flood risk and living conditions.

“For the reasons set out above and considering all of the issues raised, I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.”

Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

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