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New details for over 360 new houses in Llay revealed

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 2018.

New details of a controversial large scale housing development in Llay have been revealed.

The details, which have been submitted to Wrexham Council, are in relation to plans to build more than 360 houses on land Gresford Road in Llay.

Outline plans for the site, which at the time consisted of up to 365 houses and a retail unit, had been rejected by members of the planning committee in October 2015 due to concerns about the development falling outside the settlement limit and the increased pressure on local infrastructure.

However an appeal by the applicants was lodged shortly afterwards and an inquiry into the the proposed took place in November 2016

In June 2017 Wrexham.com reported that the plans had been given the go ahead, despite fierce opposition from a group of local campaigners and local councillors voting against it.

The plans for the development were approved by First Minister Carwyn Jones last summer, after recommended for approval by Planning Inspectorate Richard Duggan.

A Reserved Matters application has now been submitted to Wrexham Council – providing further and revised details on the layout of the development, the design of the houses and access points.

The application sees a reduction in the expected 365 properties, rather it “seeks approval of details and proposes 362 dwellings on the site”.

The site will be developed by both Bellway Homes and Anwyl Homes, who will each complete around 50% of the properties.

Within a planning statement submitted with the Reserved Matters application, it is noted that the proposed dwellings will consist of “a mix of one and two bed apartments and two, three, four and some five bed dwellings all of which are two storey in form (although some dwellings have rooms within the roof space).”

91 homes / 25% of the houses on the site will be affordable housing – 45 of which will be built by Bellway and 46 by Anwyl.

A breakdown of the properties is also provided, with the document stating that 182 properties on the site will be developed by Anwyl. This would consist of 16 one bedroom (affordable), 18 two bedroom (affordable), 72 three bedroom (12 affordable) and 76 four bedroom dwellings.

The remaining 180 properties will be developed by Bellway, which would include eight one bedroom (all affordable), 30 two bedroom (29 affordable), 75 three bedroom (eight affordable) and 64 four bedroom dwellings.

Three five bedroom properties will also by built by Bellway.

In terms of parking there will be 863 spaces on the site, including 63 within detached garages and 108 in integral garages. This is along with private driveways and allocated spaces.

Details in the supporting documents, state: “In the main, parking for dwellings will be provided in-curtilage, although some parking will be accessed via private drives; each home will have private parking.

“Some of the mews housing, semi-detached affordable units and apartments will have allocated parking spaces rather than private driveways.”

Public open space, play areas and two sub stations would also be built on the site.

One of the key concerns raised by planning committee members in 2015 and during the appeal process was the increase of traffic the development would create on the Straight Mile and at the Crown junction.

In the Reserved Matters application it is noted that three separate access points will be created for the site – two of which will serve the residential and a third for the retail element.

The document also states that a new roundabout is not provided on Gresford Road, as it is “considered unnecessary to do so bearing in mind traffic volumes and speeds.” Instead a priority junction off the road will be created instead.

Plans for a three arm roundabout on the Straight Mile however, will press ahead. However it is noted that: “The location of the access points has also been adjusted to reduce the impact on landscape features along the boundary of the site and to optimise design and safety considerations with the residential layout.”

As part of the initial application a retail unit was also proposed for the development. The application explains that separate plans for the building and the access will be submitted separately and at a later date.

The planning statement also continues onto list the benefits the development will have on Llay and also the wider community, citing 74 construction jobs, 111 supply chain jobs, £47.3m construction value, £11.4m additional GVA per annum and an extra £489,000 Council Tax as the key economic benefits.

The design and access statement concludes: “Approval of Reserved Matters will provide 362 new homes which will provide a range of house types to create a balanced mixed community within the parameters of the planning permission and further discussions with the Local Authority.

“The resulting development will create a suitable and sustainable residential neighbourhood exhibiting best practice as well as respecting its context and surroundings retaining existing landscape feature where possible while also referencing the relevant policies and guidance provided ensuring that the proposed development integrates into the wider area.

“Bellway Homes and Anwyl Homes have a proven track record of providing excellent quality aspirational housing supported by extensive landscaping and a firm commitment to design quality.

“This scheme exhibits these core values.”

The application is expected to be considered for approval at a later date.

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