North East Wales

Compulsory purchase plan for Wrexham business park

Wrexham councillors have voted to use compulsory purchase powers if necessary, to acquire land for a multi-million pound business park.

Discussions are ongoing with the owners of land near Wrexham's Maelor Hospital.

The land, off Croesnewydd Road, forms part of the Wrexham Gateway development project and the council wants to develop a 500,000 sq ft site.

The authority hopes to attract more new technology companies, as well as research-led and creative industries.

The proposed scheme would be an extension of the nearby Wrexham Technology Park.

Phase one would include re-aligning part of Croesnewydd Road, removing an old railway bridge and creating a new footpath to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

Access to the Maelor hospital and Spire Yale private hospital would be improved and traffic congestion eased on nearby roads.

A report to a meeting of the council's executive board on Tuesday said: "Whilst negotiations are continuing positively with the landowners concerned, as a precautionary measure it is appropriate to make a compulsory purchase order in respect of these interests to ensure that the scheme can be implemented."

The council's head of assets and economic development, Steve Bayley, said: "As well as delivering a number of transportation benefits and a vital pedestrian link, the scheme is phase one of a primary infrastructure project that will enable land to be developed as part of the Wrexham Gateway project.

"This is not about establishing a Chester Business Park in Wrexham.

"But we do want to establish a high quality business park which is based on attracting a quality of employer - not a quantity."

Mr Bayley said capital funding to build the park was available, but the cost is currently described as commercially sensitive.

It is not yet known how many units would be built, but the council hopes to start construction in April 2012, completing by October.

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