Brymbo From Das
The site as viewed looking south, with the cleared site sitting east of the spine road. Credit: planning documents

Housebuilders wanted for 300-home Brymbo scheme

Neil Tague

Planning permission has also been secured for a primary school and district centre, all set to be built within the second part of the former Wrexham steelworks site.

The proposals come from Brymbo Developments, a subsidiary of Parkhill Estates, which is advised by planner Barton Willmore on the scheme. The firm said it will now look to work with housebuilders to deliver the project.

Redevelopment of the 234-acre former steelworks site has been a long-term project, the site having ceased production in 1990. The site is now fully decontaminated, Outline consents for segments of the site have at various times been secured for uses including commercial, a supermarket and filling station, all of which have lapsed, according to a report by Wrexham council officers.

An earlier phase of 469 homes, on 31 acres, has already been built out, along with 1.8km of highways to access the wider site. A community events space and heritage centre has also been progressed as the site owners looked to major on its heritage aspects.

In addition, 62 acres of open public space have been cultivated, including woodlands and cycleways.

Most of the site in the current proposal, extending to 33 acres, lies to the east of the new spine road. Earlier plans for 450 homes within this plot have previously been advanced and refused, with an appeal still to be determined.

In recommending approval, Wrexham’s chief planning officer said that the proposal, which as well as the housing and a 425-pupil school, includes 15,000 sq ft of retail and a surgey and ancillary care facilities, along with 4,000 sq ft of pub/restaurant space, “presents a significant opportunity to secure the redevelopment of one of the largest areas of previously developed land in the County Borough.

“In addition to making a significant contribution to the supply of housing land, the development will secure what is, in effect, the delivery of a new district centre.”

Brymbo Developments spokesman James Cannon said that “as a long-term investor in the area, we have worked tirelessly with local stakeholders to deliver a scheme that delivers vital new amenities.

“We are pleased with this outcome, which unlocks a key strategic development site and now look forward to working with housebuilders to transform the vision into a reality.”

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