Wrexham Council in conjunction with Welsh Government are commissioning a feasibility study to ‘maximise development opportunities’ along the Mold Road corridor.
The study will encompass the area of Wrexham General Station, Wrexham’s Racecourse Football Stadium, and the University among other areas on one of the principal routes or gateways into the town centre.
Wrexham Council Chief Executive Ian Bancroft explained: “We are talking about masterplans. As well as all the practical things going on now, we have a vision on what we want to do in key spatial areas, and that is a key gateway to the town.”
“Welsh Government have given a commitment to fund a masterplan for that area, so that piece of work is on Sell2Wales in terms of somebody or a number of people bidding in to do that work.”
“What we should have then is a key agreed spatial approach for how we look at the station in the future, the football ground, the university and how all of that links together.”
“Once you start to do masterplans it is much easier as you are not in detailed planning application processes where things are very set. You can think ‘how do we support the delivery of that masterplan?’ and that is really really key that we get upstream, rather than reacting to a developer coming in with a planning applications.”
“That means we are clear about the type of development we are looking at in that area.”
Council Leader Mark Pritchard said he was ‘delighted with what we are doing on the Mold Road masterplan’, adding he was pleased to be working alongside Welsh Government and other ‘key players’.
“Good news for Wrexham, another area that we are looking to improve and work in true partnership to improve the area around the football club, the station, and everything around it.”