PASSIONATE: Residents protest against housing plans
Residents protested against plans for 110 homes at Denbigh's Lodge Farm, Image: LDRS
Passionate residents, children and councillors protested against plans for 110 houses in Denbigh.
The determined crowd gathered at Lodge Farm on Gwaenynog Road yesterday (Tuesday) armed with placards objecting to the housing proposals.
Developers Castle Green have applied for permission to build the homes on the fields adjacent to Ysgol Pendref.
But the proposals have raised fears about the loss of green spaces and trees and damage to ancient hedgerow. There are also concerns the development could cause traffic problems by increasing the number of cars in the area. Others have cited a strain on local infrastructure, such as doctors, dentists and schools.
The Clwyd Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales has also sent a letter to Denbighshire County Council’s planning department objecting to the plans.
The field is currently grazing land but was sold off by Denbighshire County Council and earmarked for housing in the last local development plan.
Cllr Glenn Swingler was part of the protest and said: “The children of today are passionate about the environment. Denbighshire County Council have declared a climate emergency, and a development of this size on green land will lead to more cars and more pollution. The local school is also next door. With another 300 houses planned for the North Wales hospital site, we must also consider the infrastructure of the town.”
The application is currently with Denbighshire’s planning officers, but a recommendation for or against the proposals is yet to be made.
A decision will be reached at a future planning committee meeting.
Words: Richard Evans, Local Democracy Reporter
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