PLANNING APPROVAL: Six flats above former Nationwide branch in Wrexham
PLANS to create six flats above a former building society in Wrexham have been recommended for approval.
Nationwide relocated from its branch on the corner of the town’s High Street to a larger unit on Regent Street in January last year.
The property has stood empty for the last 12 months and proposals were entered in October to convert the upper floors into living accommodation.
It would also see the ground floor refurbished and retained for commercial use.
The scheme, which was put forward by Courts Developments, has been backed to go ahead by Wrexham Council’s chief planning officer, despite concerns from community leaders over bin storage.
However, in a report to planning committee members, Lawrence Isted said he was satisfied with the proposed arrangements.
He said: “The proposal is considered can accommodate the number of flats proposed without resulting in any adverse impacts to residential amenities.
“The use of the first, second and third floors of the building as class C3 is considered would result in improved natural surveillance of High Street and Hope Street, particularly during evening hours.
“Site constraints would result in no private amenity space being provided as part of the proposal, however the site’s town centre location is within walking distance to Bellevue Park and the public open space in front of the Guildhall.
“The agent has confirmed that bin storage would be to the rear of the building, in an area where the applicant has a right of access over the rear yard/alley, along with all other neighbouring properties.
“It is understood that this is where bin collection will be undertaken.”
He added the flats would encourage people to live in “sustainable town centre accommodation”, located within walking distance of public transport and workplaces.
Consultants acting on behalf of the applicants also said it would help to improve the town’s economy.
The proposals will be discussed by councillors at meeting on Monday, February 1.
Words: Liam Randall, Local Democracy Reoporter
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