COUNCILLORS overturned the advice of their officers and deferred a decision on outline plans for residential development at Broughton Park.

Flintshire County Council's planning and development control committee had been recommended to approve the preliminary application subject to a legal agreement.

But Cllr Chris Bithell argued the application, which could see 260 new homes, should be deferred to enable highway issues to be fully discussed.

A design brief for the triangular shaped site adjacent to Broughton Park envisages a modern residential neighbourhood with a strong local identity.

A figure of 260 new homes, including flats and houses, is mentioned with 78 affordable properties. The development would include a large area of public open space. Transport and highway measures could see cycling facilities and a pedestrian link to Broughton Hall Road.

A possible £500,000 could be paid for improvements to local education facilities.

The council says it also wants to see provision for a health centre.

Broughton and Bretton Community Council believes the development should be considered as part of a comprehensive plan.