Saturday, 11 February 2012

Playing fields campaigner joins fight against housing over-development

Wrecsam's best-known campaigner for playing fields and open spaces has joined the fight against over-development in the borough. Lynne Hayes, coordinator of Save Open Spaces, voiced her concern after a planning inspector declared Wrecsam Council's Local Development Plan "unsound" because it was only permitting 8,000 homes in the coming decade. The inspector is seeking to impose 11,700 additional homes on a borough that has already seen a decade of unprecedented housebuilding.

Lynne Hayes said:

"I was dismayed to read that the planning inspector is now calling for 3,700 extra homes that are to be built on green field sites in the borough.

"As a playing field campaigner, I find it incredible that we are to lose even more green space. In recent years we have seen threats to so many playing fields in the borough. In Acton Community alone there have been threats to fields such as The Nine Acre field, The Groves school site, Rhosnesni Lane Spider Park, Dean Road Playing field, Barkers Lane school playing field and on land at Acton Park. This is despite the fact that Acton Community has a proven deficit in playing provision of over 21 acres.

"None of the threats to build on these fields have been for affordable housing, the housing built on Barkers lane school field are the like of which most ‘average’ waged inhabitants of Wrexham can only dream of.

"May I remind the inspector that Wrexham LDP aims to protect and enhance areas of open space- outlining on paragraph 6.23 that 'any loss of open space which would exacerbate existing deficits of public open space will not be permitted'.”

1 comment:

Plaid Whitegate said...

Some will argue that we need more housing to keep house prices down in the area. Those who do should ask what happened to house prices in Wrecsam in the decade of over-development that happened during the housing bubble of 1997-2007?
House prices trebled and became far less affordable for people on the average wage locally. The next proposed round of over-development will only suit the big housing developers and not people who are desperate to find an affordable house to buy or rent.