Posted: Mon 18th Nov 2019

Plans to covert former Caia Park pub into a convenience store for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Monday, Nov 18th, 2019

A former public house that has sat vacant for a number of years could soon be converted into a convenience shop.

The Red Dragon Inn on Prince Charles in Caia Park has been “empty and boarded-up” for a number of years after becoming “uneconomic to operate.”

Plans submitted to Wrexham Council propose that the building is extended and converted into retail use. The application states that it is anticipated the new building will be operated as a Co-op – replacing the existing store just 50m away on Prince Charles Road.

The current shop is described as having “inadequate off-street servicing and customer parking facilities”.

If given the go ahead the store would be open between 7am and 11pm seven days a week – along with creating additional jobs.

The application’s design and access statement explains: “The relocation of the existing Co-op store to the application site will allow for an improvement in the range and choice of goods offered and will provide a new modern retain environment with a light and spacious floor plan.

“The new location, immediately adjacent to the existing store will serve to reinforce the vitality of the unidentified centre, maintaining footfall to serve other adjoining businesses.”

As part of the plans the existing access to the site would be maintained, along with the creation of a “formal pedestrian access” from Prince Charles Road.

An extension would also be added to the front of building to allow for additional floorspace on the ground floor and the creation of a new shopfront.

There are no plans for the first floor of the building – which the applicants say will be “secured and weatherproofed where necessary, and fitted with appropriate fire and intruder detection.”

The design and access statement concludes: “The loss of the existing pub, which has been empty for a considerable time, will not harm the social and economic fabric of its locality.

“Indeed conversion to a retail use will enhance the provision of community facilities in the area.

“The design and appearance of the building remains appropriate on its site and offers and opportunity for improved accessibility in a location which has no recognised heritage of other special character. It has been designed to reflect the appearance and character of other adjoining and nearby properties.

“Finally, adequate provision has made for access, parking and servicing, sufficient to meet the needs of the development without causing an impact on the local highway network.

“The site is accessible by walking, cycling and public transport and the provision of local services will reduce the need to travel.

“For these reasons, it is considered that the proposed development accords with the provisions of the development plan and in the absence of any material considerations which indicate otherwise, planning permission should be granted without delay.”

The application will be considered for approval at a later date.

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