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Plans for 92 homes in Wrexham to go to planning committee

SG Estates is looking to develop three adjoining fields off Llay New Road in Rhosrobin (Pic: Planning document)

PLANS for 92 new homes in Wrexham could be approved by councillors next week despite local objection.

The application to build the homes on land opposite St Peters Close and Llay New Road in Rhosrobin by SG Estates will go before the planning committee, who are recommended to approve it.

The development would take place within a site allocated in the controversial Local Development Plan which Wrexham Council recently adopted after two previous rejections and a Judicial Review.

Within the plans 23 homes would be designated as affordable housing, a new roundabout would be installed at Llay New Road/Rhosrobin Road to incorporate vehicular access to the development, and there would be public open space and ecological mitigation.

Despite being recommended for approval, the plan has been opposed by Gwersyllt Community Council due to it being in the Green Barrier, concerns about overdevelopment, and an increase in traffic.

According to the report, the local member objected due to an “urban sprawl” resulting in loss of “individual identities of Rhosrobin and Pandy, and an unnecessary coalescence of these unique communities”, the loss of the established wildlife and trees and fears of increased air pollution.

The report into the plans added that concerns were raised by the local member about “no thought” given to extra infrastructure to deal with an increase in population and demand for local services.

An online petition objecting to the plans had also received nearly 300 signatures from neighbouring properties and the wider communities of New Rhosrobin, Old Rhosrobin, Gwersyllt, Pandy, Bradley and Llay. The council has also received 51 objections from people living near to the site.

No concerns were raised by the highways authority, but the council’s education department recommended funding for projects at Ysgol Bryn Alyn, as they advised that there is  “insufficient secondary school provision” in the area.

Concluding, the report said: “The proposed housing development would take place within a LDP housing allocation. The plans ensure an appropriate form of development would be undertaken on the site in terms of layout, form, open space provision, ecological enhancement, trees, landscaping and parking.

“The open space and landscaping would provide areas for informal recreation whilst also enhancing the biodiversity value of the site and providing areas for surface water drainage. The scheme therefore accords with relevant LDP policies in respect of detailed matters.”

The application will be discussed on Monday, January 8.

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