CAMPAIGNERS calling for another Welsh language school to be built in Wrexham notched up an important victory last night.
Members of Wrexham Council’s planning committee voted in favour of giving outline permission for the scheme on land at Alyn Waters Park and Gwersyllt Park, Delamere Avenue, Gwersyllt.
Speaking after the meeting one of the driving forces behind the campaign,
Gwersyllt West councillor Arfon Jones, said he was delighted.
“I am absolutely overjoyed. There has been so much hard effort put in by so many people to reach this stage,” said Cllr Jones.
“Obviously there is still a great deal of work to be done, but this is a very important step forward. This school is designed to meet the demand which is there.”
There has been a large amount of controversy over the plans, with strong views expressed both for and against building the school.
There was a packed public gallery at last night’s meeting held at the Guildhall and many visitors applauded the final decision of the committee.
A report by Wrexham Council’s chief planning officer Lawrence Isted highlighted the issues that protesters and supporters of the school had put forward.
The list of objections included impact on wildlife, traffic generation causing an impact on highway safety, increase in on-street parking, the land is outside the settlement limit, lack of adequate consultation with residents and suggestions that another area of Wrexham should be used.
Among issues which supporters of the project raised were a big demand for Welsh medium education in Gwersyllt, the school would be a valuable asset for the village, the site was served by existing public transport links and the school would help to improve educational facilities in Gwersyllt.
In his report Mr Isted wrote: “On balance I consider the need and justification put forward for a new Welsh medium school in this location overrides existing UDP
(Unitary Development Plan) policies.”
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Welsh school campaigners ‘overjoyed’ at verdict
This is how the Leader reported on last night's Planning Committee meeting which granted outline planning permission for a new Welsh School in Delamere Avenue, Gwersyllt.
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