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GREEN BARRIER: Developer reveals plans for 92 new houses

GREEN BARRIER: Developer reveals plans for 92 new houses

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A housing company has revealed plans to build more than 90 new homes on an area of green barrier land in Wrexham.

SG Estates is looking to develop three adjoining fields off Llay New Road in Rhosrobin.

A total of 92 houses and apartments would be created on the site close to Plas Acton Cemetery, as well as a new roundabout and play area.

The properties would include a mixture of one to five-bedroom homes, around a quarter of which would be offered as affordable housing.

Wrexham Council’s planning policies state that green barrier land should only be developed in “exceptional circumstances”.

However, the firm said the proposals were justified in light of a claimed lack of housing in the area.

In a draft planning statement, representatives for the company said: “There are significant material considerations which weigh in favour of granting planning permission which can be listed as the need to increase housing supply due to a shortage of land genuinely available for housing and the presumption in favour of sustainable development

“Whilst representing a clear departure from the policies of the adopted and out of date unitary development plan, the development of the site is justified in this instance due to the specific reasons noted.

“Critically the site does not project into an area of unbounded open countryside and is contained by clear physical/built features which form clear and defensible boundaries.

“The site does not project into open countryside and would form a natural rounding off of the settlement in this location.”

They added: “The site is available for immediate development by SG Estates Ltd.

“Subject to planning permission being granted, the development of the site will occur at the earliest available opportunity.”

Information regarding the proposals has been made available after the Wrexham-based firm launched a consultation to seek public views.

The company has sought advice from the local authority’s planning department ahead of submitting an application.

Whilst noting the scheme would go against the council’s policies, chief planning officer Lawrence Isted indicated it would be acceptable due to the housing supply issues.

It’s anticipated formal proposals will be put forward at a later date.


Words: Liam Randall, Local Democracy Reporter

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