A housing development comprising of over 360 houses could be developed in Llay if planning proposals are passed.
In an outline application submitted to Wrexham Council it is proposed that 365 residential dwellings are erected on land at Home Farm, Gresford Lane in Llay.
Currently the 15.86 hectare site is used as grazing land. However if the application is successful a children’s play area, footpath / cycle route and public transport amenities would also form part of the development.
Within the application’s accompanying documents stating: “We believe the current shortfall of land for the five year housing supply in the Wrexham area justifies building on the small amount of Grade 2 agricultural land on site. Currently this land is not being farmed.”
The application states that a Public Consultation has taken place, noting: “On Thursday 6th November MCA held a public exhibition at Llay Royal British Legion which ran from 4-7pm, We canvased the local area prior to the event and approximately 150 turned up to discuss then scheme and 104 filled out feedback forms or left comments.”
The application’s documents then go onto to list some of the comments / feedback given by the public from the consultation.
Several of the comments centre around the potential stress added to the local GP and if plans have been put in place for a new surgery / if the existing surgery has been contacted.
Other concerns raised at the consultation focus on the increase of traffic, issues that may be caused on existing amenities and loss of green space. There are also positive comments regarding the development, specifically with regards to the play area; with one person stating: ““The layout should allow for self sufficiency. Amenities like local shop, dog walk area, somewhere for kids to play.”
Within the application’s Design and Access Statement notes: “MCA (Michael Cunningham Architects) have been commissioned to explore Home Farm’s development potential in light of Welsh National and Local Housing policy.
“Home Farm is situated at the edge of Llay, in the Borough of Wrexham. We believe that Llay is a village with great potential to grow and develop in the future. It is a particularly unique place, with a wide variety of social, commercial and community infrastructure already in place. Its history reflects that of mining in Wales in the Twentieth Century. We are looking to assist in the development of Llay into the future.”
The development has been a subject of hot debate for some residents in Llay with an ongoing debate taking place on the Wrexham.com Forums. So far the 25 page thread (which can be found here) has been viewed over 16,000 times.
In recent months there have been a number of applications submitted for large scale developments in Wrexham, with an outline application currently lodged for the erection of 400 houses in Rhosrobin / Pandy.
More recently proposals to develop 117 houses in Rhosrobin were overturned by Wrexham Planning Committee, despite recommendations to approve the application.
This particular application is expected to go before Wrexham’s Planning Committee at a later date.
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