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Welcome to DeffrorDdraig.com. This website is the home of the Deffro’r Ddraig campaign and documents the process of the campaign since 2009. The campaign is currently in Phase 2, which aims to recall all Local Development Plans (LDPs) across Wales and to scrap the use of a housing formula used by the Welsh Government which is currently damaging our communities by over inflating local housing figures. The focus of phase 2 of the campaign is a petition currently hosted on the Welsh Governments Petition Committee website, please click HERE to sign.

Following a meeting regarding proposals to build a new village in Bodelwyddan, a variety of different groups, organisations and individuals have now come together to campaign under the Deffro’r Ddraig banner, to campaign for housing across Wales that is based on genuine local need. We aim to stop unsustainable development which is damaging our communities, our environment and our identity.

To read more about phase 1 of the campaign, which opposed the West Cheshire/North East Wales sub-regional strategy, please see below:

Deffro’r Ddraig Phase 1

In 2009 the Welsh Assembly’s Petition Committee received 24,000 signatures from the people of Wales opposing the West Cheshire/North East Wales sub-regional strategy (West Cheshire Plan for short). The Deffro’r Ddraig campaign run by The People’s Council of North Wales was ultimately succsessful and the West Cheshire Plan was withdrawn in April 2011. It is now no longer in use as a strategy document.

The plan aimed to build 20,000 houses across north east Wales, the majority of which were not affordable to local people. It also included a variety of other strategies such as the creation of a new sub region between north east Wales and the north west of England with “its own distinct identity”. It also included strategies for transport, toursim, branding and economic development generally. Click HERE to read the West Cheshire Plan, please also see the ‘West Cheshire’ tab for more details regarding phase 1 of the Deffro’r Ddraig campaign and the evidence provided to the Welsh Assembly’s Petition Committee.

The following gives further information regarding how the Deffro’r Ddraig campaign began:

Following a meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee of Wrecsam Council on 23rd March 2009, members of the public who attended the meeting were so affected by the proceedings that they convened a meeting themselves to discuss what they had witnessed.

At the scrutiny committee meeting the West Cheshire/North East Wales sub-regional strategy was being discussed. The strategy itself ( adopted by Wrecsam, Flintshire and Denbighshire councils in 2006) aimed in essence to merge North East Wales economically and demographically with Cheshire and Merseyside. Members of the public were extremely worried about the strategy which had never been discussed openly in public. Further, the way in which the strategy had increasingly become a statutory planning policy without any scrutiny had alarmed those members of the public who had knowledge of the strategy. At the scrutiny committee meeting, members of the public and their opinions were brushed aside by Council officers and further belittled by the councils leaders! The council voted AGAINST reviewing the Mersey Dee Alliance (the organisation set up to implement the sub-regional strategy).

Following the scrutiny committee meeting, a public meeting was held and the whole issue of the sub-regional strategy and the defensive nature of the council regarding these plans was discussed.

As regards the sub-regional strategy, the conclusion reached was that basically the strategy was aimed at the expansion of Cheshire and Merseyside into North East Wales. That in a nut shell the expansion of Cheshire and Merseyside was limited due to building restrictions and a desire to preserve their green belt. In Wales there is no green belt and the strategists had identified North Wales as the answer to their expansion limitations.

The expansion programme ignored the National Border and at numerous points within the plan acknowledged that Welsh identity would be lost and that this would be caused by in migration from the North West of England. In essence North East Wales was to cater for the housing market of the North West of England, becoming a dormitory area for English lifestyle change.

The plans are social engineering and should never have been allowed to be implemented. However, they had already been adopted, and in North East Wales virtually every single planning decision was affected by it. The plans had not been scrutinised apart from the Executive Board at a council level (Members of the executive board are also members of the Mersey Dee Alliance) and in general the way that the plans were pushed through was thoroughly undemocratic and thoroughly secret.

For this reason members of the public formed the People’s Council for North Wales with a view to:

a) Inform the people of North Wales about the West Cheshire/ North East Wales sub-regional strategy.

b) Campaign against the sub-regional strategy.

c) Become a non political voice for the people of North Wales .

d) Challenge the culture of undemocratic, unethical and discriminatory behaviour within our local government.

e) Support, promote and to include ordinary people into the Welsh Assembly’s vision for Wales, as outlined in the One Wales document.

f) Provide alternative developmental plans that reflect local people’s needs and local people’s aspirations.
g) Preserve and enhance our environment, communities and Welsh identity.