The decision, which goes against Wrexham Council's planning committee decision to refuse the application in October 2015, was made after Labour Government ministers called in the matter.
Llay is a large village that has seen rapid growth in housing over the past decade or so. Services have not kept pace and this new permitted development will mean even greater pressure being put on our GP practices, roads, education and social services.
Plaid Cymru councillor Marc Jones said:
"The decision by the Planning Inspectorate undermines the democratic decision of the planning committee locally. The plan for the 365 sits outside the agreed settlement limit. The Planning Inspectorate chose to ignore this on the basis that there is insufficient land supply in the council's old development plan.
"This ignores the fact that the Welsh Government rejected a perfectly sound Local Development Plan (LDP) back in 2012 that would have ensured sufficient land for housing development. Instead ministers chose to insist on a new plan that would have increased housing in Wrexham by at least 5,000 homes in the coming decade.
"The Government has since revised that figure down to something very similar to the original LDP. So we're back at square one at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds to the local council. But far worse than this is the fact that local communities such as Llay have been left defenceless against speculative developers who have seen an opportunity to take advantage of the lack of a development plan, which protects green spaces such as this.
"The people affected by this decision in Llay have every right to be furious with the Welsh Government for allowing this to happen in the first place."
|"The people affected by this decision in Llay have every right to be furious with the Welsh Government for allowing this to happen"|