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Council house development close to getting underway

Published: 07/01/2016

Flintshire Council’s ambitious plans to build new social and affordable housing across the county were given the green light in December after planning permission was granted for 12 new council homes in Connah’s Quay on the site of the former Custom House Lane School off Mold Road. The Custom House development forms part the Council’s Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP), which will see 500 new homes built across Flintshire over the next five years and Wates Living Space, the Council’s strategic housing partner, will begin construction in February 2016 with completion by February 2017. The scheme’s design will be high quality and will meet the the councils Flintshire House Standard and Secured by Design. It has been driven by the appearance of the former school and it is proposed that construction materials will complement the surrounding area .Other materials and features that are proposed include contrasting blue facing brickwork features and courses that imitate features that existed on the original school (natural stone cills / heads and stone detailing such as date stones) and features recovered from the school. The development boundary will comprise of wrought iron railings on a facing brickwork dwarf wall. Cllr. Helen Brown, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “The regeneration of this site will enhance the housing opportunities available to local people living in Connah’s Quay and mark the beginning of a very exciting period for the council in realising our long-held ambition to provide new and much needed quality affordable housing across the County. Cllr. Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council said: I am delighted that Flintshire will be the first Council in North Wales to start on site with a council house building programme. The Council is committed to tackling the housing crisis head on in 2016 and I am proud that the first of the council houses to be built in a generation within our County are to be built in Connahs Quay . The proposals for the Custom House scheme will be considered by Flintshire Council’s Community and Enterprise Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 12 January Note to editors Please find attached an illustration of the Custom House scheme