PLANS to turn a former Wrexham town centre nightclub into student accommodation have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.
Plans to demolish the former Scotts nightclub on Brook Street and build two four-storey buildings to house 107 students have been recommended for approval by planning officers, ahead of a Wrexham Council planning committee meeting.
The ground floor would also include a retail unit, which would face out on to Brook Street.
The developer, Michael Murton from Q2 Leisure and Lettings Ltd, is also applying for underground parking for 54 vehicles as part of the development.
They would enter on Brook Street and exit on Lea Street.
The council has received three letters of objection regarding the impact of the demolition and construction vehicles and movements on the existing businesses on Brook Street.
One letter from a business owner says: “Brook Street is already a very busy road which suffers from congestion and any closures/temporary one-way system would add to congestion and be damaging to the businesses on Brook Street.”
There are also concerns about asbestos during the demolition of the former nightclub.
In the report Wrexham Council’s head of community well-being and development, Lawrence Isted writes: “The former Scotts nightclub has a severe asbestos problem and the demolition of the building and disposal of the asbestos will be strictly controlled by the local authority in consultation with the council’s Public Protection Department and the Health and Safety Executive.”
Mr Isted’s report said the development would have a positive impact on the street’s appearance.
He said: “The development site currently comprises the former Scotts nightclub and commercial buildings previously occupied by Rollings Ltd.
“They offer little in terms of the street-scene. Scotts has fallen into disrepair, and while it has a decorative stone façade onto Brook Street, its general condition has a negative impact on the street.
“The problem is compounded by a significant asbestos problem which prevents the building from being used again and has to be demolished to address the current problems.”
The application will go before Wrexham Council’s planning committee on Monday.