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Apartment plans for office space in town centre resubmitted

Plans to convert office space in the heart of Wrexham town centre into apartments, have been resubmitted.

The application, which has been submitted to Wrexham Council, consists of 11 self-contained apartments in the Old Registry Offices on Chester Street.

In December 2017 Wrexham.com reported that plans for the building had been refused by Wrexham Council’s head of environment and planning under delegated decisions.

Details at the time about the reasons for the application’s refusal, stated: “Insufficient information has been submitted with the application to demonstrate that the proposal would not adversely impact on the special architectural or historic interest of the Grade II listed building.

“As such, it has not been demonstrated that the proposal as submitted, would respect the character of the listed building in question.”

Separate application for listed building consent and a change of use to apartments for the property have now been resubmitted.

The Grade II listed building is thought to date back to 1727, with the application explaining its use through time as a house, offices and the District Register Office

Currently the building is used as a solicitor’s office, however if the application is granted it will be converted into 11 apartments which would be based across the three floors.

The existing 15 space car park would be retained to service the flats.

The resubmitted application contains further information about the building’s interior and a heritage impact of the proposed alterations.

The design and access statement says: “The intention is to protect and retain the original detailing as much as possible, with correspondence and several site visits with the local Conservation Officer to ensure the proposals mitigate damage to original features.

“The design has been reviewed and discussed with Anna Irwin Conservation Officer and close attention has been made to minimise the impact of the heritage details within the property and alternative options have been reviewed to ensure the best possible design to avoid heritage impact where ever possible to the building.”

The application is expected to be considered for approval at a later date.

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