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Historic Penley pub severely damaged in arson attack could be used for housing

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Saturday, Mar 23rd, 2019.

A historic village pub which was severely damaged in an arson attack could be converted into two new homes.

Plans have been submitted to transform the Dymock Arms in Penley, which would also see a further two detached properties built on the surrounding land.

The Grade II listed building, which dates back to the 16th century, was gutted by flames in January 2010 in what was later assessed to be a deliberate blaze.

It has remained closed ever since and was put up for sale in late 2017.

A planning application now been received by Wrexham Council, outlining proposals to retain part of the original structure, while demolishing and rebuilding those which are beyond repair.

In forms submittedby the building’s owner Jim Murphy, he said the listed property had deteriorated over the years.

He said: “Currently the building is in a very poor state of preservation due to a fire and partial exposure to the elements over a prolonged time.

“The thrust of these proposals aims to retain, repair and protect the listed asset and to create a viable use for the buildings.

“In the process of rebuilding, the design of the three new units will be fully in accordance with the current building regulations as far as access to the buildings from the exterior and full access and use of the ground floor facilities, providing positive access for disabled uses to all ground floor areas.”

During the fire, the pub suffered damage to the ground floor, first floor and roof, and part of the building’s timber frame was destroyed, while other parts have also been impacted by exposure to the elements, vandalism and theft.

Metal thieves have also struck in a 20th century extension to the pub, taking pipe and ductwork.

The outlined plans include proposals to repair and restore the left side of the property to create one new house, while the right section would be completely reconstructed to create a second one.

Meanwhile, two detached homes would be built nearby.

A structural report has been submitted alongside the application, which supports the demolition of some parts of the pub.

The proposals will be considered by the local authority at a future date.

Picture: Planning document

By Liam Randall – BBC Local Democracy Reporter (more here on the LDR scheme).

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