Plans to redevelop the site of a former Wrexham care home into social housing have taken a step closer to fruition.
Nant Silyn, located on Pont Wen, was the only council owned residential care home in Wrexham. However in July 2015 plans were unveiled to close the 29 bedded home after it was seen as “no longer financially viable or required”.
At the time the closure was announced, there were two service users who regularly used the respite care beds and a further six service users who made occasional use of the respite care beds.
A campaign opposing the closure was launched, with 4,500 people signing a petition calling on Wrexham Council to reconsider their decision.
However in October 2015 Executive Board members approved the ‘decommissioning’ of the services provided from Nant Silyn care home. The premises have since remained vacant and were declared surplus to the Council’s Adult Social Care service requirements.
In these cases land can be sold off and the capital receipts retained by the council, however in this case the land is being kept and developed.
Last week Wrexham.com reported that plans to use the site for social housing had been revealed by Wrexham Council, with hopes that the land can be used to develop 12 units of specialist and adapted housing for older people and people with additional needs. These would help meet specific demand identified from the local housing waiting lists.
Speaking at yesterday’s meeting, leader of Wrexham Council, Cllr Mark Pritchard said: “We have ambitious and aspirations to build social housing in Wrexham.
“This is the first step on the ladder and we’re going to go on a journey. As and when we can and when sites come up we will now automatically now consider them for social housing subject to the availability of money and the Welsh Government.
“The biggest cost for anybody, whether it is a developer or ourselves is the land. But in this circumstance we own the land, so we have ambitions to build council houses and I hope this is one of many sites which come forward in the future.”
The recommendation was seconded by Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Cllr Joan Lowe.
Commenting on the plans, Cllr Adrienne Jeorrett, who represents the Smithfield ward, added: “I want to say how pleased I am that it is going ahead and that the first council houses building in Wrexham will be built in Smithfield and I hope it will be good for Pont Went.”
The plans received unanimous backing from the Executive Board – with a round of applause from one member of the public gallery.
An application to build social housing on the site will go before Wrexham Council’s planning committee in the future.
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