First phase of new Wrexham retail and leisure development receives green light
The first phase of plans for a new retail and leisure hub in Wrexham have received the green light.
Permission for the Chapter Court scheme was granted in June last year to redevelop a group of shops in the town centre, with a mixture of stores and restaurants at ground floor level and offices and bars above them.
Further proposals have now been approved to open eight units facing onto Queen Street, Queen’s Square and Hope Street, which will include a mixture of shops, restaurants and cafes.
An area for stalls and vans has also been allocated under the latest application, which is said to have been scaled back compared to the developer’s full ambitions because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The plans include a mini-food court along Queen Street and Queen’s Square.
The wider proposals agreed last year were focused around a courtyard area behind Wrexham Enterprise Hub to host outdoor events, but the main courtyard was not included in the latest submissions.
The scheme was approved by Wrexham Council officers using delegated powers after they were previously welcomed by local councillor Marc Jones who described it as a positive move for the town centre, despite the economic challenges posed by the pandemic.
It is hoped the space will also become home to the the “‘go-to’ places to eat and drink and with the development of the court yard that can host year round events will offer customers a new, cultural shopping and leisure experience giving them a reason for return visits.”
By Liam Randall – BBC Local Democracy Reporter
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