Plans have been entered which could see a Wrexham pub converted into six new homes.
The proposals would see the Oak Tree Inn on Ruabon Road in the town turned into three two-storey houses, while three further new properties would be built behind it.
The application has been submitted after its owners said it was no longer viable as a commercial enterprise.
A heritage assessment has also been put forward as part of the scheme because the site is part of the Fairy Road Conservation Area on the edge of the town centre.
In a planning statement, architects acting on behalf of the SG and EG Limited said the houses would be designed to fit in with the surrounding area.
They said: “Over several years, the existing public house known as The Oak Tree Inn has been unable to operate as a viable business, and despite continued sales marketing for its continued use, it is clear this use is no longer economically sustainable.
“The principle of residential conversion has been established as the most appropriate form of development.
“In addition, the outbuilding towards the rear service yard is a dilapidated state of repair, and serves no purpose other than a store for the pub.
“For these reasons, the design proposals are for the demolition of this structure, which will free up valuable space for three new purpose built dwellings with adequate amenity space and car parking.
“In summary, the heritage expert concludes that the proposed change of use of the existing building and demolition of the outbuildings will result in a positive impact on the heritage assets and that there are strong public interests to support this application.”
The company said each house would have two parking spaces, along with private gardens.
In response to a consultation on the plans, an archaeological body has recommended no work should take place until a detailed survey of the building is carried out.
Members of the Clwyd‐Powys Archaeological Trust believe it dates to the mid-19th century and want to make a photographic record of the original layout before any alterations are made.
Wrexham Council will consider the application at a future date.
By Liam Randall – BBC Local Democracy Reporter (more here on the LDR scheme).
*Pictures: Planning Document
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