Today is the last chance for members of the public to have their say in the Wrexham’s Local Development Plan consultation.
Since February residents have had the chance to put their views forward on the Preferred Strategy for Wrexham’s LDP – an extensive document that outlines where housing and employment sites across the county borough could be allocated over the next 10 years.
The consultation was initially due to finish in May, however due to some of the “required documentation” not being made immediately available to public the deadline was extended to 5pm on Monday 16th July.
Over the past six months a series of public consultation events have taken place – along with community meetings and questions posed to the executive board over the suitability of some of the sites.
Once the consultation and the final draft of the document has been complete, the new LDP will replace Wrexham Council’s current adopted Unitary Development Plan (1996 – 2011).
Councillors will have the chance to have vote on the finalised plans before they are submitted to the Welsh Government at Full Council on November 22nd.
So what’s in the Deposit Local Development Plan?
The Deposit LDP is described as focusing on “concentrating development allocations in the following sustainable locations as identified in the settlement hierarchy”:
– The Primary Key Settlement of Wrexham Town and Wrexham Industrial Estate including Key Strategic Site release for housing and employment
– The Key Settlements of Acrefair / Cefn Mawr, Chirk, Coedopeth, Gresford / Marford, Gwersyllt, Llay, Ruabon and Rhosllanerchrugog;
– The Local Service Centres of Bangor, Broughton, Brymbo, Glyn Ceiriog, Holt, Overton, Penley, Penycae, Rhostyllen and Rossett
– Tier 4 settlement of Rhosrobin, due to its proximity and accessibility to Wrexham Town
Several key sites are outlined as potential development land, with an estimated minimum of 3,180 homes expected to be built on sites at Berse Farm at Ruthin Road and land east of Cefn Road.
Other allocations for potentially larger developments include land adjoining Mold Road / near the B&Q Roundabout (375 units), land off the B5070 in Chirk (180 units), land north and south of Rossett Road in Rossett (137 units) and land at Llay New Road in Rhosrobin (79 units).
Schools, community facilities and public open space would also be expected to be developed on the sites.
Three sites in Llay, Brymbo and Hanmer are also allocated for the use of gypsy / traveller sites.
It is estimated that thousands of new homes will be built across Wrexham County Borough over the next 10 years, with the sites listed above (and many more) put forward as the preferred locations for future developments.
Still not had your say but want to make your opinions heard on the proposals? You have until 5pm today to put forward your views here.