DETAILED plans have been submitted for a new five storey apartment block at a former gasworks site.
The application for 20 apartments on Rivulet Road, Wrexham, has been submitted by the Wales and West Housing Association.
The plan includes 19 two bed apartments and a single one bed apartment.
The former gasworks site is made up of two main parts separated by a large sandstone wall.
The upper part of the site has recently been developed with all units now occupied.
The new application relates to the lower east section of the site.
A 20 signature petition has been submitted from local residents regarding the potential development.
The petition says: “The scale of the development will be an eyesore, and the modern design will not be in keeping with the traditional style of the properties either side.”
It was also questioned whether there was a sufficient demand for the development.
But Wrexham Council’s head of community wellbeing and development, Lawrence Isted, has recommended the proposals for approval subject to conditions.
In a report Mr Isted said: “The contemporary design of the scheme will have a significant visual impact at one of the key perimeter points of the site and will form a prominent feature.
“It will both compliment the design of other more modern nearby developments such as Eagles Meadow and Rivulife, and provide an interesting juxtaposition with the more traditional appearance of some of the buildings either side of the proposed apartment building.
“The proposed building at the junction between St Giles Way/Salop Road will be five storeys high, and this will make a strong visual statement at this junction, and create a landmark structure at the gateway to the site where historically the large gasometer once sat.
“Emphasis has been given to the semi-circular west end of the building which is reminiscent of the old gasometer.”
The plans go before Wrexham Council’s planning committee on Monday.