A council-owned plot of land could have 230 houses built on it to meet some of the county’s needs as it faces a housing shortfall.

Councillors on Conwy’s economy scrutiny committee will discuss a planning brief for the land when they meet on Wednesday.

The land under consideration is at the Ty Mawr Farm in Old Colwyn.

The plan proposes 230 dwellings; 69 of which are affordable, 30% of the total number and  one retail unit.

There would also be a 1,275m2 of children’s playground and 5.58 hectares of public open space.

Five options including having a proportion of affordable housing ranging from 20% to 30% to 50% to 100% or to do nothing will be before councillors.

Officers have recommended that the option for 30% of the housing be affordable should be adopted.

A report before councillors said: “The need for affordable housing is an important consideration when developing this site sustainably.

“Affordable housing need is high, and council owned sites provide an opportunity to meet this need.”

It added: “30% affordable provision on the site would add to the tenure mix of this area and provide a sustainable balance.

“The lack of intermediate options in the area would be addressed, whilst providing a balance between affordable and market housing.

“This level and mix is supported by Cartrefi Conwy, as it meets households

identified as being in need of affordable housing.”

The council’s on figures show a need for an extra 326 affordable houses in  the county each year.

Elizabeth Roberts, Betws y Coed county councillor and cabinet member for housing, said: “I fully endorse and support the development brief and the proposals for housing and community facilities, with the ultimate aim of supporting sustainable development in the county.

“Research demonstrates that failing to integrate infrastructure and community facilities in any new development only encourages an increase in social isolation and mental health problems, with a resultant negative effect on our social care and health establishments.”