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A property on King Street could be extended and refurbished for office use, if a planning application is accepted.

In an application submitted by Geoffrey Morris & Aston Solicitors, who already occupy the property on 39 King Street, it is proposed a ‘purpose built, three storey pitched roof extension’ is added to the rear of the building.

The reasons for the proposed development is in ‘order to retain existing premises due to potential staff growth / employment’. Within the application’s Design and Access Statement it notes: “The proposal will offer economic benefits in the short-term as the proposal will provide employment for those contracted to undertake the works and will promote commercial benefits in that the company can stay in its current location.”

Along with this, proposals for new shopfront signage and internal alterations have also been submitted. It is believed the alterations will ‘significantly improve the appearance of the existing building and street scene’.

The new traditional shopfronts will be provided with ‘new timber windows’ throughout. The proposed extension at the back of the building is believed to ‘enhance the rear elevation, which had been added onto over the years bringing a more unified overall appearance.”

The Design and Access Statement goes onto add: “It is considered the proposed development will offer enlarged premises for an established Wrexham company with close proximity to the Bus Station for staff travelling to and from work.

“The new development would mean the long established company could continue to trade from its current premises and the area would be improved generally.”

Last year King Street underwent a controversial ‘regeneration’, which has seen the landscape of the street altered.

The £1.5million regeneration began in July 2013 and has seen the area ‘modernised’, with the addition of new paving, benches and lamp posts. The regeneration came as a result of a successful application to the Welsh European Funding Office, who granted the £1.5million for developments.

There is currently no set date as to when the application will go before the Planning Committee.