There is less than a week left for residents to have their say in a consultation that will help shape the future locations of housing developments across the county borough.
More than 8000 homes could be built across Wrexham over the next 10 years, with Wrexham Council’s Deposit Local Development Plan (LDP) outlining the preferred sites across the area for housing, retail and employment developments.
Once complete the new plan will replace Wrexham Council’s current adopted Unitary Development Plan (1996 – 2011).
The consultation was initially due to end on May 31st 2017, but was extended by six weeks due to not all of the “required documentation” made available to the public.
Speaking last month Wrexham Council said: “The extension will allow as many people as possible to make their views known to us. If you have already made representations you do not need to make them again, but you may wish to look at the additional information and make further representation.
“The LDP is the single most important Plan we work to when considering planning applications and the future development of important sites in the County Borough. For this reason we hope that more businesses, organisations, groups and individuals will take advantage of this extension to express their views”.
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 – with public meetings and petitions launched in recent weeks objecting to the proposals, particularly in Llay and Brymbo.
Not had your say yet? You have until 5pm on Monday 16th July to do so. You can take part in the Deposit Local Development Plan consultation by visiting the Council’s LDP website here