PLANS have been submitted to demolish an old chapel and build a four-bedroomed detached house.
One objection has been submitted against the proposals for the former Bethlehem Chapel on Smithy Road, Coedpoeth, declaring the demolition of the historic chapel is inappropriate and it should be converted instead.
But the proposals entered by Mr M Tucker from the Congregational Federation Ltd have been recommended for approval by Lawrence Isted, Wrexham Council’s head of community wellbeing and development.
In a report, which will go before the authority’s planning committee today, Mr Isted said: “The existing building has some architectural merit but it isn’t listed nor is it within a conservation area – so is not afforded any specific protection.
“The scale, form and appearance of the proposed dwelling is acceptable and sympathetic to its’ surroundings.”
Regarding concerns over nuisance, disruption and access issues during the property’s construction, he said: “These works will take place for a relatively short period of time. Provided they are carried out with full regard to the amenity of nearby occupiers, they should not be unduly disruptive.”
And relating to parking, he added: “Adequate provision is made for off-street parking and the setting out and permanent retention of the proposed parking area will be secured by condition.”
Planning documents submitted in March said the loss of the chapel is “not considered to be significant” adding that it has not been used as a community facility for a number of years.
They state: “There are also other modern facilities within the immediate area that can be used by community groups, should there be a requirement.
“Over the last few years, while the building has stood vacant, the property has been visited for general maintenance and there have been no noticeable signs of any protected species within the existing structure.”
The chapel is described as being in a poor state of repair.
The application documents say. “The property does not easily lend itself to residential conversion.
“It is felt that demolition and construction of a new dwelling would provide a more usable home that is better suited to the requirements of a modern family.”