A FORMER nightclub and Wrexham hotspot could be knocked down to make way for a takeaway and flats.
A planning application has been submitted to Wrexham Council for demolition of the former Sergeant Peppers club in Bridge Street.
Last June the nightclub – one of the town’s most successful venues during the 1980s but empty in recent years – went under the hammer at an auction in Liverpool and was sold for £100,000.
If the bid is successful the club, which was later re-branded Peppers, would make way for a takeaway restaurant and 12 flats.
The building would be three storeys and parking for 14 cars also forms part of the planning bid.
A design and access statement submitted with the planning application said the proposal would be a shot in the arm for the area, helping create valuable employment opportunities and much needed new homes.
It said: “The existing property has been left derelict for a number of years and was previously a nightclub and live music venue. It lies within a regeneration area.”
The statement says the new building would ”provide much needed affordable residential properties close to the town centre and to nearby amenities” as well as creating new commercial premises.
It states this would result in the creation of new jobs and commerce, “ invigorating that particular area of the town centre which has seen little development and much neglect in previous years”.
“The new development would bring a vacant site back into use and the area would be improved generally,” adds the statement.
“It would generate new affordable homes as well as commercial benefits and would fit the current Bridge Street planning brief.”
The club was started and owned by Kerry Wycherley, known by many in Wrexham as ‘Mr Clubland’, being a hive of music and dancing for many years.
Mr Wycherley was from the Pentre Broughton area and died last June, aged 64.
The application will be considered by planning officers and Wrexham Council’s planning committee at a future date.