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Friday, January 24, 2014

Skates welcomes Ruabon development

CLWYD South AM Ken Skates has welcomed plans for a new development between Ruabon and Plas Madoc which could create 1,100 jobs.

Multi-million pound proposals for a supermarket, hotel, pub/restaurant and more than 300 homes have been submitted to Wrexham County Borough Council – with land now earmarked for a new primary school to cope with the expected influx of families to the scheme on the 57-acre area of the Wynnstay Estate.
The development proposed by Wynnstay Farming Limited, on what is currently agricultural land, would also include offices and light industrial units.
Labour AM Mr Skates said: “The plans went on public display in Ruabon and Plas Madoc in September, when the developers received invaluable feedback. Over the two-day consultation period they engaged with more than 300 local residents and community representatives, and 60% of those who took part in the survey supported the outline application.

“More than 70% of people thought the development would improve employment opportunities in the area, while 69% said it would improve retail choice.

“However, some concerns were raised – particularly about the increased strain on local schools. I am delighted the revised plans have allocated an area of the site to accommodate a new primary school. This amendment has been made as a direct result of the feedback the developers received.

“The developers are continuing to talk to supermarket chains, house-building companies and a pub/hotel operator who have shown interest in being part of the project, which I believe would bring huge economic benefits to the area.

As well the jobs created once the scheme is complete, there would be hundreds of construction roles during the building phase – I welcome these plans and strongly feel they would breathe new life into the area.”

The application will be considered by the council’s planning committee in the coming months.

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