Flintshire A55 truck stop plans are rejected

image captionTwo applications for truck stops were refused last year

Controversial plans for a new lorry park next to the A55 in Flintshire have been turned down by councillors against the advice of officials.

More than 500 people signed petitions objecting to the development of a new service station near Caerwys with space for up to 20 lorries.

Delyn MP David Hanson and AM Sandy Mewies supported the objectors.

A decision on the development at Park View Garage was deferred last month, despite a recommendation for approval.

Two separate applications to set up truck stops and a business park were rejected last year after councillors decided they were inappropriate for a rural area.

One of the schemes involved parking for up to 59 vehicles, while the other proposed catering for 36 lorries.

However Flintshire's head of planning, Declan Beggan, recommended that outline planning approval be granted for the latest scheme, subject to various conditions which include landscaping requirements and a single access point from the B5122 road.

In a report, he wrote: "The small scale of the facility need not necessarily prejudice a further facility along the A55 on the basis that each proposal must be considered on its own merits."

Two petitions opposing the proposed scheme contain 553 signatures, including those of Delyn AM Sandy Mewies and Delyn MP David Hanson.

Reasons include the development extending "into open countryside" and because there are "other truck stops available at Deeside and junction 11 of the A55".

There was also opposition from Ysceifiog Community Council which says the existing infrastructure "leading from and to the A55 is unsuitable for HGVs to use".

Clwyd Badger Group also objected unless hundreds of metres of badger-proof fencing was provided along the A55.

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