WREXHAM PUB: Historic pub could be demolished to make way for houses
A Historic pub in Wrexham could be demolished to make way for nine new houses.
An application has been put forward to knock down the Moreton Inn in Johnstown.
Some residents have voiced concerns about the loss of a property on Ruabon Road, which it is believed could date back to the 18th century.
However, representatives for the company behind the proposals said the business was no longer considered to be viable.
An architect acting on behalf of Nunndale Limited said the pub’s demolition would also help to address a claimed shortfall of new homes in the area.
In a planning statement submitted to Wrexham Council, Dafydd Edwards said: “We have been approached by our client to obtain planning permission for a residential development located within the settlement boundary of Johnstown.
“The public house currently occupying the site has had several failed attempts in creating a profitable business.
“It is known in the local community the business has been under several managers over the last decade all failing to create a successful business.
“Supporting our application is documentation which is to remain confidential as proof of marketing the property and failed attempts at making the Moreton Inn a profitable business.”
He added: “We feel this planning application should be looked favourably upon and granted permission as we feel there are no justifiable reasons for refusal.
“By agreeing to nine dwellings on this parcel of land the local authority would be able to reduce the deficit of required new homes in the county borough.”
Members of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust have requested for a survey of the building to be carried out before any work begins.
Their calls have been supported by Johnstown councillor David A Bithell.
The deputy leader of the local authority said: “I am aware of some local interest, however, the building is not listed.
“I have asked the conservation officer to appraise the building in terms of any architectural merits that may warrant its retention.
“The building is in private ownership and has sold for redevelopment for housing so it would be a matter for the planning committee to determine.”
A decision is likely to be made on the application by the council at a later date.
Words: Liam Randall, Local Democracy Reporter
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