A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build 77 homes has been approved, despite only including three affordable houses.
The proposals for the former Brother Industries site Croesnewydd Road were deferred earlier this year after Wrexham Council’s planning committee expressed concerns that the plans had no provision for affordable housing.
Revised plans for the properties were submitted by Bridgemere Land Plc and Macbryde Homes Ltd with four affordable homes included, which would be 15 per cent below the market value.
But the council accepted the application on the basis it included three affordable houses at 20 per cent below the market value and that a viability appraisal will be conducted after 38 dwellings are built.
The agent for the applicants, however, said the new proposals were “not acceptable” and “unreasonable” and added there was a good chance they would not go ahead with the development.
A previous planning application granted for the site was subject to an obligation requiring 25 per cent of the 84 units originally proposed to be affordable.
Brynyffynon councillor Phil Wynn said he would support the application with these new recommendations after lodging strong objections to the application on the grounds of affordable housing.
Cllr Wynn said the proposals were “realistic” despite still raising concerns the council would be “jeopardising” its own affordable housing policy.
In a report on the application, the council’s head of community wellbeing and development, Lawrence Isted, said: “The number of affordable units and the discount below market value is less than is normally required.
“However it has already been demonstrated in Dr Golland’s appraisal that the development will be unviable at the present time if any affordable housing contributions are required.
“Notwithstanding the above, it is likely to be at least 12-18 months following commencement of development before the affordable houses would have to be delivered.”
The applicant will also pay £17,000 towards an improved public transport infrastructure and pay £169,344 towards primary school provisions.
The planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the application on the new recommendations.