It’s all systems go after a housing scheme in Llandyrnog, on which Caulmert was heavily involved in the planning process, was given the green light.
Denbighshire County Council’s planning committee voted 16-4, with one abstention, in favour of granting developer Jones Bros permission to build 40 homes – the single largest development in the history of the village – on land adjacent to Maes Llan.
Caulmert prepared and submitted the planning application after engaging with Denbighshire CC’s planning policy, highways, and drainage departments to develop an acceptable scheme that officers would recommend for approval.
As part of the proposal to erect 40 dwellings, which will include affordable housing, new vehicular access will be constructed as well as a permanent 40-metre extension to the 30mph speed limit to ensure safe access to the scheme, whilst landscaping and associated works will also be carried out.
The project involves the development of two, three, and four-bed detached and semi-detached properties, onsite open space, a dry shallow attenuation basin to ensure that the scheme is Sustainable Drainage Approval Body (SAB) compliant, and landscape and ecological mitigation.
Jenny Coxon, principal planner at Caulmert, said: “It’s fantastic to see planning permission granted seven months after submission of the application at the back end of 2021.
“We worked together with Denbighshire CC to reach a satisfactory outcome on a number of elements, including housing mix, where the council wanted a larger proportion of two and three bed properties than we had originally proposed, open space arrangements and highways. We also worked hard to negate the need for pre-commencement conditions by front-loading various details.
“Whilst the site was allocated for housing in the Denbighshire CC Local Development Plan (LDP), and therefore the principle of housing on the site was acceptable, there was little political or community support for the proposed development. Therefore, it was essential that we put forward a scheme at planning committee that accorded fully with the relevant LDP policies and gained full support from statutory consultees.
“Overall, it was a smooth process, and our thanks go to Denbighshire CC and our architects, JIG Architects.
“Jones Bros are currently working with Denbighshire CC on the Section 106 Agreement which relates to the provision of on-site affordable housing and off-site open space contributions.
“We are now assisting our client on various detailed design elements, obtaining full SAB approval and discharging planning conditions, and we are very much looking forward to seeing this project progress to site.”
Helen Morgan, project manager for Jones Bros, said: “We are thrilled that the housing scheme has been approved.
“As a local firm we know the impact schemes like this have on the area and it’s exciting to be involved in a key development on our doorstep.
“In addition, the chance to work with Caulmert again and to continue our relationship with them has been fantastic.”