Three eyesore and abandoned properties in the middle of a Wrexham village could be demolished within weeks to make way for social housing.
The three derelict properties on the site of the old Victoria Garage in Ruabon will be replaced with new homes for local people after a long-running campaign.
The properties have stood vacant since 2004 when a developer started work on three homes on the site. However it was never completed, and the half-finished houses have sat empty ever since.
In September 2017 Wrexham.com reported that after a long running campaign progress with the site had been made, with the trio of properties set to be converted into social housing for the area.
Wales & West Housing (WWH) acquired the land earlier this year and the planned redevelopment is now all systems go thanks to funding of over £500,000 from the Welsh Labour Government.
The news has been welcomed by Clwyd South AM Ken Skates, who said: “Wales & West is aiming to submit plans to redevelop the site by the end of the year. It has been an eyesore for years, so I’m delighted we’re now nearing a positive conclusion which will benefit local people.”
Ruabon councillor Dana Davies said: “A previous developer started but never finished building the homes on this key site and because of legal complications around its ownership the area has effectively been abandoned for more than a decade.
“We’ve fought for a long time to get something done, so I’m thrilled we’re almost there at last.”
The site on the corner of High Street and Maes y Llan Lane has seen increased security over recent weeks and the building of the three new properties should begin before April.
Mr Skates said funding of £583,000 from the Welsh Labour Government, around 58% of the entire estimated project cost, was allocated for the current financial year, meaning work will need to be under way by the end of March at the latest.
WWH deputy chief executive Shayne Hembrow said: “We aim to demolish the building in the New Year and start redevelopment by the end of March, subject to planning permission being granted by Wrexham Council.”
He added: “This site has been empty and an eyesore to local people for too long. We are looking forward to bringing it back into use with much-needed, quality affordable homes for local people.”
Work to secure the site and make it safe has been carried out in the interim by Wrexham Council, but due to the complications around ownership and development, the local authority say that the buildings could not be knocked down or outright redeveloped.
The buildings were acquired by the Crown Estate, who in turn sold them to Wales & West Housing.
WWH deputy chief executive Shayne Hembrow said: “We aim to demolish the building in the New Year and start redevelopment by the end of March, subject to planning permission being granted by Wrexham Council.
“This site has been empty and an eyesore for too long. We are looking forward to bringing it back into use with much-needed, quality affordable homes for local people.”