PLANS to build 21 houses on a green space would deprive children of an area to play, community leaders fear.
A presentation was given by representatives from Wrexham Council and Wales and West Housing Association to Llay Community Council, explaining plans for the development behind Nant Y Gaer Road, Llay.
Wales and West Housing (WWH) say as well as the 21 houses there will be green spaces for public use, and a public footpath running close to the development will not be affected.
If proposals go ahead, 12 one-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom homes and three bungalows will be built.
But Cllr Dave Adams said: “That is the only green space we have on this side of the village for children to play on, and I’ve regularly seen children playing there.
“You are saying there will be about 1,000 sq foot of green space, but that’s nothing. It’s a fifth of the size of a standard football pitch.”
Cllr Paul Crewe argued the area had been used by children and dog walking, and residents living on Nant Y Gaer Road and Eleventh Avenue will now see houses instead of green land if the development is built.
But Cllr Malcom Taylor said: “This little bit of ground has only ever been used as a shortcut on the footpath or for walking dogs, it is never used as a play area, I don’t care what anyone says.
“The reality is there is a huge demand for affordable houses in Llay.”
There was an outburst to Cllr Taylor’s comments, with members of the public at the meeting saying it was not the case and the land was used.
Craig Sparrow from WWH said: “We are doing a consultation now before we put any kind of planning application in.
“We are open and honest in our approach to this.
“We would hope that we could apply later this year and have the site completed by September 2015.”
Between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday at the Llay Resource Centre, residents are invited to see the proposals in more details and make their thoughts known.
Following consultation, and subject to any amendments, the proposals will be put forward for planning permission.
Anne Hinchey, chief executive of WWH, said: “These proposals aim to meet the social housing need in the area.
“Llay, in particular, has a shortage of one bedroom homes so this small development will help meet that requirement.
“It will also bring training and work opportunities for local people, boosting the local economy.
“We understand the concerns that residents may have about building on a greenfield site which is why we are holding a consultation event to reassure them and show them the plans.”