MORE than 1,500 new jobs could be created if plans for a supermarket, hundreds of new homes and a business park are given the green light.
Although planning permission already exists for a business park on land south of Ruabon near the A483, site owners Wynnstay Farming are now looking to update the proposals.
More than 300 new homes could be built on the vacant 56-acre site, while a new supermarket, hotel or restaurant, employment space and light industrial units are also proposed.
The plans will go on show next month before a planning application is submitted, with members of the public urged to have their say.
A spokesman for the development said it is hoped the new plans will be more in keeping with what is needed in the area.
“The developer plans to meet with the communities in Ruabon, Plas Madoc and the surrounding area to get their feedback,” said the spokesman.
“The revised application is likely to include a supermarket, employment space including offices and light industrial units, a hotel/restaurant, over 300 new homes and ample parking.
“As well as representing a huge investment in the region, over 1,500 jobs could also be created.”
The spokesman said the application has not yet been submitted and no supermarket or housing developer has been identified.
Richard Brown, leading on the consultation with residents of the area, said: “We would like to invite everyone in the area to our public exhibition so they can see the plans for themselves and have their say.
“There will be a full team on hand ready to talk about all aspects of what we are proposing.
“We’ll be using people’s feedback to finalise the plans before submitting a planning application to Wrexham County Borough Council in the autumn.”
The public exhibition will run on Friday, September 20 from 10am to 7.30pm at the Wynnstay Arms, Ruabon and on Saturday, September 21 at Plas Madoc Community Centre from 10am to 4pm. Previous plans for development on the site by Liberty Properties divided opinion, with a pressure group called RAMROD (Ruabon Against Major Retail Over-Development) campaigning against the proposals.
The application is separate to another planned supermarket in the Ruabon area on Vauxhall Industrial Estate.
Clwyd South AM Susan Elan Jones said she will study the plans after they are submitted.
“I feel that full consultation here is crucial; we need to be aware that our area has already recently had one new supermarket,” she said.
“A development proposal such as this one does not take place in a vacuum.
“Serious consideration will need to take place about how this would fit in with the council’s development plan, particularly as it relates to existing shops and our industrial village centres.”
Mrs Jones said there could also be issues with a change of the use of the land and how the council’s policy for affordable housing would fit in with the proposals.
Clwyd South AM Ken Skates is urging nearby residents to attend the public exhibitions of the plans.
He said: “The plans going on display for members of the public to see is an important opportunity for people in Ruabon and Plas Madoc.
“This is your community and this is your chance to make your voices heard.”
Plas Madoc councillor Paul Blackwell, whose ward is close to the site of the proposed development, said: “It is very good news if it is the case 1,500 jobs would be created.
“With the level of unemployment it would be a very good boost if the employer recruited from the local community.
“In terms of the plans for new homes, the infrastructure needs to be in place to cope with the number of residents.”
For more details on the planned meeting call 0800 0731047 during office hours or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The plan will be available online at www.ruabonpark.co.uk during the public exhibitions.
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