Llay residents infuriated by decision on housing plan

Reporter:

Jonathan Grieve

RESIDENTS left dismayed by a community council’s decision to back a controversial affordable housing development have vowed to “fight until the bitter end”.

At a meeting of Llay Community Council last Thursday, members voted in favour of plans which would see 16 new homes built on Hayward’s Field in the village by Wales and West Housing.

Sharon Roberts, who lives near the site, hit out over its decision.

She said: “Two-thirds of the people who are eligible to vote in Llay have put their names to the petition. 

“It is unbelievable the council can vote for something like that and discount the views of more than 2,000 residents. We will fight until the bitter end. We are all 100 per cent against this and we are not giving up. We will carry on with this fight.”

Mrs Roberts, 45, said residents would be holding a community meeting to discuss their options regarding the development but added a date had not yet been set.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales, pledged his backing for the movement to retain the playing fields 

He said: “I support the community campaign to retain remaining open spaces like Hayward’s Field in Llay. 

“The plan to build 16 houses on the site has met with huge resistance in the village due, in part, to the playing field deficit it and other parts of the borough already suffer from.

“Of course there is a need to meet the demand for affordable homes but there are brownfield sites that can be used as well as getting empty houses back into use – building on green fields should be a last resort. 

“Llay has seen hundreds of new houses built in the past decade or so and we need to retain a balance between providing homes and safeguarding open spaces and playing fields.”

The plans are due to be discussed before Wrexham Council’s executive board when it meets in September.

The plans would originally have seen 21 homes built on the land, which residents say is one of the few remaining open green spaces in Llay.

The original proposals were for 12 one-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom homes and three bungalows.

But those plans have been downgraded to 16 homes, to keep an area free for use as an open space.

Fears were raised the land – which would be gifted to Wales and West Housing for a nominal fee if the development goes ahead – would end up ruined as an open space for the community.

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