Fight to stop homes plan on ex-Brymbo Steelworks site


Staff Reporter

A CAMPAIGN group is to be set  up to fight proposals to build houses on recreational land near Wrexham.

An application has been made to build homes on a 2.3 hectare section of land at the site of the former Brymbo Steelworks.

The bid has been made by Brymbo Developments Ltd for the former lagoon area to the north east of College Road. It would be opposite Bryn Gwenfro in Tanyfron.

However the Tanyfron and Vron Community Association is objecting to the proposals.

Chairman Robert Evans said the organisation has taken the step of setting up a sub-committee to fight the plans.

The association has listed its objections to the plans which include:

Close proximity to the Brymbo Sports and Social complex football pitches.

Access onto a busy link road without adequate road calming/junctions.

Effect on the local infrastructure such as roads, drainage, schooling and medical/dental facilities.

Mr Evans said: “Brymbo Developments has submitted a proposal for outline planning of housing on a field adjoining the old Brymbo Steelworks site that has always been used by the community for recreational purposes. A possible devastating loss will occur if the go ahead is given to build on Tanyfron’s last piece of recreational land.”

Mr Evans said that over the last eight years Tanyfron had increased substantially in size.

“Its village boundaries have become undefined by local housing developments. What was a village is now in danger of becoming just an extension of Brymbo,” he said.

However, as part of its application documents submitted to Wrexham Council Brymbo Developments says: “The proposals seek to promote design quality in new housing, creating an attractive and safe place for people to live. The proposals also offer sustainable and accessible housing provision needed by the community that will compliment the surrounding street scene and enhance Brymbo.”

In November the Leader reported a public exhibition was held at Brymbo Enterprise Centre outlining proposals for development at the former Brymbo Steelworks site.

A spokesman for Brymbo Developments said it had been well attended and a great deal of interest was shown by visitors.

As well as housing, the plans which were on show included proposals for an express-style sized supermarket and a number of retail units on land off Phoenix Drive.

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