CONTROVERSIAL proposals for new houses, a supermarket and retail units are a step closer to becoming a reality.
A proposed development of about 100 homes on land opposite Bryn Gwenfro, Tanyfron, has been recommended for approval, despite strong opposition.
The application relies on funding being provided by applicant Brymbo Developments Ltd (BDL) for a long-awaited spine road through the former Brymbo Steelworks which will connect Tanyfron and Brymbo.
But the road, or a cash bond for Wrexham Council to complete the road, would have to be finalised within six months of the application being granted or the decision can be reversed.
Frustration about previous delays in building the spine road has been voiced by residents who say the road was supposed to be built when the original planning permission for houses in the area was granted in 2005.
Brymbo Community Council has objected to the development saying promises for a spine road, retail units, industrial units, jobs and a primary school were broken.
Community councillors also say the area is effectively becoming another village with housing in the area rising to 800 properties, which, they say, is “a step too far”.
Sam Evans, chairman of a residents’ community group against the development, said: “People were sold properties on the steelworks site with the promise of a supermarket and shopping area, a petrol station, a new school and local jobs.
“The reality is nothing has ever materialised from the BDL and all we are left with is an already over developed site without appropriate facilities.”
The spine road is at the heart of the heritage development of the Brymbo Steelworks site, but as yet it is built only to ‘formation level’ with no current funding to complete the road to an adoptable standard, the report reveals.
BDL hope this application, in connection with an application for a supermarket and six retail units on land by Pheonix Drive in Brymbo, will help pay for the road, with any surplus going to the heritage scheme.
Lawrence Isted, Wrexham Council’s head of community wellbeing and development, has recommended applications for both the housing scheme and supermarkets/retails units should be granted by the planning committee as long as BDL cover the costs of a spine road which, he says, is “integral and essential” to regeneration of the steelworks site.
Brymbo Heritage Group is behind the ambitious scheme to breathe new life into the derelict area, which could be kick-started if the planning applications are approved by Wrexham Council’s planning committee on Monday, and the spine road is finished.
If completed, the development could also see a visitor centre created and run-down former workhouses renovated and brought back into use as business centres.