PLANS to breathe new life into a derelict pub have been refused.
Members of Wrexham Council’s planning committee discussed an application by Graham Walker Properties to turn the empty Worthenbury Arms pub into five new houses.
The village pub closed about five years ago and the community council had welcomed the potential development.
However, they did question whether parking provisions would be sufficient.
Seven objections were received, including concerns over the loss of the pub, an increase in traffic and the loss of a lay-by which serves as a bus stop.
A 2009 planning application to turn the pub into homes was refused after the scheme received 42 letters of objection and a petition.
And Wrexham Council’s head of community wellbeing and development Lawrence Isted recommended the latest plans for refusal as well.
In a report Mr Isted said: “Due to the number of residential units proposed and the resulting requirement for a large side extension and frontage parking, the development will have a detrimental impact upon the appearance of the existing building and the character of Worthenbury Conservation Area.
“My concerns in respect of the appearance of the site frontage could easily be addressed if the applicant reduced the number of dwellings, thus eliminating the need for frontage parking, and amended the layout of the footway and boundary treatment.”
Members of the planning committee unanimously voted to reject the application.