A LATE parcel of land has been submitted for consideration in the current consultation on where housing and industrial sites should go in Whitchurch, but nearby residents are incensed.
The land, behind Chemistry and adjacent to the Whitchurch canal, is owned by the Fulgoni Trust, and 40 houses are proposed.
Neighbours say it would lead to traffic chaos on Wrexham Road, where residents are already protesting against another proposed site off the road for 300 houses - just across the road from the new site.
The new scheme includes a crossing point over the canal to provide a link for public footpaths. It would also provide access to the canal and aims to benefit Whitchurch Waterways Trust’s plans to develop the canal basin.
Already, several `preferred sites’ have been named in the SAMdev stage of the local development framework for housing and industry in Whitchurch and the surrounding villages, but no decisions have yet been taken.
Teresa Davis of Chemistry said: “We had a letter last week saying this was a possible development site, as well as proposals for building on the other side of Wrexham Road.
“This road is going to be so dangerous - there are near-miss car accidents daily already.
“It is a beautiful piece of countryside, to build on it would be a disaster. They say it will be for affordable housing, but houses overlooking the canal will never be cheap.”
Mr Ken Tidy of Chemistry said: “Wrexham Road is a main approach to town and it cannot accommodate any more traffic.“
Objectors say there is a blind spot already when turning out of Chemistry onto Wrexham Road, and another access near to that junction would be hazardous.
Robin Fowles of Chemistry said 12 years ago there was a similar application which failed due to the same problems with access and traffic on Wrexham Road.
Residents are also concerned about wildlife and endangered voles which are known to live on the canal.
A group of residents from Belton Road, Wrexham Road and Chemistry met on Monday to discuss further actions against both schemes.
A petition has already been started to object to the first scheme, and now another is being started against the new proposal.
Organisers of the first petition will be asking the views of people in Thompson Drive, Meadow View Road, Linden Avenue, Park Road, Joyce Way and Smallbrook Road, who they say will also be affected.
Simon Lyon, who is helping organise the first petition said: “We have already confirmed errors in the proposer’s traffic survey which they have used to justify the chicane system that they propose on Wrexham Road, which we all know will cause complete chaos.
“We think this plan will create a greater possibility for an accident occurring.
“More and more people are starting to discover these plans by word of mouth and so far nobody has said they approve.
“We will be submitting the petition by email to the planning authority before the July 20th deadline.
“Should anybody in west Whitchurch need any more information or would like to help then please email firstname.lastname@example.org”