Plans to build a new supermarket on the outskirts of Wrexham look set to be rejected.
Manchester-based development company Capital & Centric had hoped to build a supermarket on the Vauxhall Industrial Estate between Ruabon and Johnstown.
However, a report which will go before Wrexham Council’s planning committee has recommended it for rejection stating that the application “fails to demonstrate that there is a need for a
development of the size proposed.”
The company behind the 40,000 sq ft proposed development claimed that it would create 300 new jobs.
Capital & Centric hadn’t confirmed which supermarket would move into the development but anticipated a “big name”.
The report by Wrexham Council’s Head of Community Wellbeing and Development comments that the proposed site is poorly located for public transport links and would not encourage a reduction in car journeys.
It also adds that the building of a large car park would have a detrimental impact upon the appearance of the area.
Ruabon Community Council welcomed the prospect of a boost to the local jobs market and improvements to food shopping facilities for the residents of Ruabon.
But objections were received from a number of respondents including Flint Group UK who own and occupy an adjacent industrial unit who were fearful of the proposed store’s impact on other businesses on the industrial estate.
Planning consultants Peacock & Smith submitted comments on behalf of Morrisons who recently opened a store on Ruthin Road stating that “Applicants have failed to adequately demonstrate the quantitative need for the proposed food store.”
The planning committee will meet to discuss the proposals on Monday.