PLANS to build a housing development next to a garden centre look set to be refused amid concerns over road safety.

Wrexham Council’s planning committee has been recommended to turn down proposals to build eight new homes on land next to Ferndale Garden Centre in Caego, near Wrexham.

It comes after planning officers raised a number of issues, including the lack of visibility for drivers wanting to enter the site off Berse Road, the loss of parking for the garden centre and the fact it sits on green barrier land.

In a report, the authority’s head of planning and environment Lawrence Isted said the development falls outside the county’s settlement limits.

He said: “The proposed development would represent an unacceptable incursion in to the green barrier and would not form a logical extension to the existing settlement.

“Insufficient information is presented with the application to demonstrate that an access can be provided with sufficient forward visibility for vehicles wishing to leave Berse Road into the application site.

“The proposal will result in a loss of parking provision for the existing garden centre which is due to remain.

“This is likely to result in instances of parking congestion on the adjoining highway and would be detrimental to the safety of existing highway users.”

The plans were originally entered in October 2017 by the garden centre’s owners Mr and Mrs B. Hughes.

In a design and access statement written on their behalf, they said the development would form a mixture of two and three bedroom houses and would help to support their business.

They also said it would help the council to reduce the deficit of new houses in the area.

The proposals will be considered by councillors at Wrexham’s Guildhall on Monday.