Plans to develop almost 200 homes on green barrier space look set to be refused due to the ‘considerable erosion of the gap’ which separates two villages.
The outline application, which is due before Wrexham’s Planning Committee next week proposes that 189 homes are developed on land east of Tan Y Bont and along the New Road through Rhosrobin.
Access to the site would be provided via a proposed four exit roundabout junction on Main Road, which would also provide access to the Top Farm Road housing estate directly opposite the application site.
The application also includes proposals to provide traffic signals at the Plas Acton/B5425 Llay Road junction to the north of the site to help elevate traffic.
However the plans have been recommended for refusal by the Head of Environment and Planning, who states that the ‘development will significantly and detrimentally impact upon the openness of the Green Barrier’.
The application is one of several to have been put forward in the area in recent years, with applications so far refused for the impact the developments would have on the green barrier space.
In 2014 proposals to develop up to 400 homes on the entire stretch of the land between Rhosrobin and Pandy were submitted. The plans were revised to 338 homes by the time the application went before the planning committee in October 2015.
Access to the site would have been via Plas Acton Road to the north and New Road to the south.
The plans were refused in 2015 for three reasons, which were stated as:
- The site lies outside of a settlement limit and within a Green Barrier. The development will result in the coalescence of Wrexham, Old Rhosrobin and Pandy.
- The site will not be provided with adequate means of access to the highway and the development will have a detrimental impact upon the free flow of traffic along the local highway network and upon highway safety
- The development will have a significant and detrimental impact upon Wat’s Dyke, a scheduled ancient monument, and its setting.
Details within the planning report states that the current proposals seek to overcome the initial reasons for refusal by reducing the maximum number of properties for the site, submitted a Scheduled Ancient Monument Management plan in respect of Wat’s Dyke and providing vehicular access via New Road only.
Despite the revised plans a number of concerns have been raised by Gwersyllt Community Council, which says it is ‘particularly concerned that the community of Gwersyllt is becoming a regular target for new development at a time when the preparation process for the Wrexham Local Development Plan 2 for 2013- 2028 has yet to be completed’.
Other issued raised by the Community Council include the development falling outside the settlement limit and the site being a green barrier space.
A total of 69 neighbouring residents were also contacted, with seven objecting to the development due to the increased pressure on schools and doctors surgeries, traffic and the loss of green barrier space.
Two representations were also made in support of the revised development, with praise for the inclusion of permanent green areas either side of Wats Dyke. Comments were also submitted in relation to the potential further development the existing children’s play park situated in the north east corner of the site of Plas Acton Road.
However in his report the Head of Environment and Planning concludes: “Whilst acknowledging the significant contribution the development could make towards the supply of housing land, this benefit is significantly outweighed by the harm the development would have upon the Green Barrier as a result of the virtual coalescence of Wrexham and Old Rhosrobin and the considerable erosion of the gap separating Pandy from Old Rhosrobin and Wrexham.”
The application will go before Wrexham Council’s Planning Committee at 4:30pm on Monday 6th March.
As now is usual, for those who cannot attend the meeting it will be webcast live on the Wrexham Council website.
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