Housing and care home face Flintshire committee

Flintshire Council’s planning committee is to meet on Wednesday, with a 40-home development and a dementia facility’s extension the key items for discussion.

A reserved matters application from Hilbre Homes for 40 homes at a 3.9-acre site on Rhos Road at Penyffordd is to be approved, subject to agreement on providing 12 affordable homes, to be split equally between shared ownership and affordable rent.

A housing association is in place to deliver the affordable element, according to planning documents. The housing as a whole is to be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes. Architect Watson Batty is working with Hilbre on the project.

The site is on the edge of the village, next to the A550. Outline consent had been granted for the site on appeal, having originally been refused in January 2016 over water resource and drainage – this issue had been resolved by the time of the appeal, with Flintshire’s five-year supply also a factor in favour of the scheme.

The site has however continued to raise interest, with Penyffordd Community Council registering a “strong objection” and two councillors noting concerns. These included views on the desirability of three-storey homes.

Elsewhere, full consent is being sought for new-build extensions and alterations at the Pen y Bryn residential care home, to provide 36 additional rooms, more lounge space and increased parking.

The home sits within landscaped grounds, using a former farmhouse building and two linked buildings: a pitched roof bungalow and a link building completed in 2013 that joins these two elements on a sloping site.

The proposed development would involve the demolition of a single storey conservatory to facilitate an extension to the front elevation of the bungalow to provide a larger dining area. The two single-storey, flat roof outriggers to the rear would also be demolished to facilitate the proposed extension, which will provide 36 new bedrooms, day room and dining space, along with kitchen and staff facilities – at three storeys, the extension would effectively be a continuation of the 2013 building’s roofline.

The project would take the facility to 60 bedrooms, tailored to meet the needs of residents adjusting to living with dementia. Staffordshire architect Tarpey Woodfine has designed the scheme for applicant Pen y Bryn EMI.

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