Fight against Llay housing plan gathering pace

Published date: 03 April 2014 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas 
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CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a housing development on council-owned land said they are receiving strong backing.

Protesters have organised a petition containing about 1,000 signatures opposing the proposals for housing at Nant Y Gaer Road in Llay.

The proposals are for 21 affordable homes, made up of 12 one-bedroom flats, six
two-bedroom homes and three bungalows.

A villager involved in the petition, Milly Smith, 67, of Ffordd Madoc, said the development would mean the loss of a field used by children for playing and residents for leisure activities such as dog walking.

“We want the field to be preserved as a public open space for the benefit of the community to enjoy, as we have done for many years,” said Mrs Smith.

“We have been around houses with the petition and are receiving strong backing.

“We collected 1,000 signatures in just 10 days.

“There are other areas where homes can be built without taking green land away.”

In February the Leader reported a presentation was given by representatives from Wrexham Council and Wales and West Housing Association, explaining plans for the development at Nant Y Gaer Road.

Wales and West Housing said as well as homes there would be green spaces for public use and a public footpath running close to the development would not be affected.

Cllr Mark Pritchard, Wrexham Council lead member for housing and planning, said the matter is due to be discussed by the authority’s executive board this month. He is asking for the matter to be deferred to allow more time for discussions.

“There is a proposal that Wrexham Council gift the land to a developer for affordable homes to be built,” he said.

“I would like to thank all members of the public who have taken the time and trouble to make their opinions known.”

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