AN APPEAL has been launched in a bid to overturn the refusal of plans to build more than 20 ‘much-needed’ affordable homes in Wrexham.

Councillors turned down proposals by Wales and West Housing Association to develop land at Woodlands Farm in Gwersyllt at a meeting in April.

The application was thrown out by most members of Wrexham Council’s planning committee amid concerns that it would cause the village to merge with Rhosrobin.

However, the not-for-profit organisation has now made an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to try and push the scheme through.

Among those who previously spoke in support of the development was Gwersyllt east and south councillor Tina Mannering (Ind).

Speaking at the town’s Guildhall, she claimed that more affordable houses were needed in the area.

She said: “Everyone knows how I feel about building on green wedge, but this is different.

“It’s affordable housing to allow local people to live locally, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to do so.

“I do consider that the new application has taken into account all the issues previously noted on the original application which was refused.

“Wales and West have worked tirelessly to address our officer’s concerns.

“They are committed to making a difference to the communities where people live.”

Despite her plea for committee members to vote against the council officer’s recommendation to refuse the plans, the majority backed his suggestion in order to protect the green barrier between the two villages.

If the appeal is successful, the proposals would see a total of 23 units built, including flats, bungalows and houses.

It will be heard by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government at a future date.