Jobs zone scheme near Ruabon includes land for primary school

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
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MAJOR plans which could bring more than 1,000 jobs, hundreds of houses and a supermarket will include land for a new primary school, it has been confirmed.

Although planning permission already exists for a business park on land south of Ruabon near the A483, site owners Wynnstay Farming have been consulting with residents on updating its huge development bid.

Their updated planning application has now been lodged with Wrexham Council.

More than 335 residents and community representatives voiced opinions during the consultation exercise and responses included 177 feedback forms.

And after respondents flagged up concerns about education provision in the area, Wynnstay Farming bosses said its application would now include land for a new school.

If accepted, a 1.8-acre plot for a new primary school will form part of the development on the vacant 56-acre site, along with about 300 new homes, a supermarket, a hotel or restaurant, an employment space and light industrial units.

It is expected that the development could also create more than 1,000 new jobs.

The application document states: “The applicant has also sought to directly address the concern about the education impact of the proposed development by making land available within the site for a new primary school in lieu of making the standard financial contribution in this respect.”

Matthew Thompson a consultant with Wynnstay Farming, said: “We will be providing land for a new primary school, which we have done from taking some of the land away from the housing site.”

The public consultation found that while nearly 60 per cent of people supported the application as a whole, the majority of those who were against it sited pressure on schools and doctors surgeries as the reasons for their objection.

Mr Thompson also confirmed Wynnstay Farming were in discussions with retailers, a pub chain and housing developers about the development of the site and that there were a number of “interested parties”.

The public consultation also found 71 per cent thought the development would improve the offer of employment opportunities in the area, while 69 per cent said the development would improve retail choice.

And 67 per cent of people who completed a feedback form thought that the development would improve the choice in new homes in the area.

Clwyd South Labour AM Ken Skates said: “I am delighted the revised plans have allocated an area of the site to accommodate a new primary school. This amendment has been made as a direct result of the feedback the developers received.”

Mr Skates said he believed the development would bring huge economic benefits to the area.

He said: “As well the jobs created once the scheme is complete, there would be hundreds of construction roles during the building phase – I welcome these plans and strongly feel they would breathe new life into the area.”

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