The planning inspector decided that councillors were right to ignore their officers' recommendations because
"the proposed development would be inappropriate in a Green Barrier and result in urban encroachment into the countryside."
The inspector also stated that it was
"unsatisfactory that a development that would clearly breach the principles of the development plan should be permitted to resolve infrastructure funding issues and do not outweigh the harm caused to the Green Barrier."
So one planning inspector at least recognises, as do the people of Wrecsam, the importance of safeguarding our green barrier and not expanding settlement boundaries to suit the big housing developers' wishes. Unfortunately, the planning inspector who threw out the Local Development Plan took a very different view and is demanding that the council DOES build on Green Barrier and extends village and town settlement boundaries to enable a further 12,000 new houses (the vast majority of which will be unaffordable) to be built in the borough in the next decade.
The reaction on the streets to our new petition against the proposed expansion was fierce - people want to protect green fields, they don't want more unaffordable housing and are keen to see the council start building houses to meet local community need.