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PLANS for a traveler site on land at Ewloe were refused.

Flintshire Council’s planning committee rejected the application for land near Church Lane, Aston Hill, Ewloe.

The application had been made on behalf of a mother and son from the Traveler community to change the use of a site off Church Lane, which is a private road off Old Aston Hill in Ewloe .

The proposal was to allow a static caravan, a traveling caravan, a sewage treatment plant and parking for two cars.

Although the application was recommended for approval by the Heads of Planning, objections were raised before the meeting by Hawarden Community Council and residents.

The road leading to Church Lane, Ewloe.

More than 100 letters of support for the bid were written by members of the public, but 95 objections were also submitted.

The council’s planning chiefs had recommended that the application be approved stating that there were no planning policy grounds for refusing it.

But Philip Robson, a lawyer, spoke as the residents’ representative at the meeting and questioned that recommendation.

He raised concerns about highway safety, with the junction having “substandard visibility flares”, potential loss of privacy for nearby residents and potential site occupants, and that the proposal would be ” in contradiction with the open campaign”.

Hawarden Aston Cllr Gillian Brockley took to the floor to say that “the surface of Church Lane is in a shocking state of disrepair”, and her comments were echoed by fellow Hawarden Aston Cllr Helen Brown describing Church Lane as a “runway rather than ‘a road’ among other concerns .

Connah’s Quay Central Cllr Bernie Attridge moved that the application be denied after attending a site visit, citing the character, appearance and safety of the motorways as grounds.

Buckley Pentrobin Cllr Mike Peers added that he felt the request was made because it “seems more of a convenience that the land is available, rather than a ‘need'” for the applicants.

Sue Thomas, the council’s motorways development control manager, told the meeting that while motorway visibility at the site was “less than ideal”, there was “no empirical evidence in the data on accidents to justify a refusal”.

But during the vote, the request was refused by the members, for the reasons given by Cllr Attridge, relating to the character and the openness of the sector, road safety and the loss of privacy.