A FORMER charity shop could be demolished and replaced with 13 new homes.

Plans have been submitted to knock down the former Nightingale House Hospice store on Rhosnesni Lane in Wrexham.

The organisation’s lease on the property ran out in February, leading it to close its doors.

The building’s owner has now put forward proposals to bulldoze it, along with an adjoining storage unit to build 13 detached and semi-detached houses.

In a planning statement entered on behalf of Mr I Paul from Marford, architect Dafydd John Edwards said the unit was in a poor state of repair and the scheme would allow the area to be redeveloped.

He said: “The existing shop and storage unit occupies a large plot. Due to the storage unit’s poor state of repair, its demolition would remove a potential hazard and ensure the proposal has a positive impact on the area.

“The shop unit to the site’s front is bland in character. The loss of this unit would improve the characteristics of the area.

“The development will provide the area with additional family homes. The proposal is for two and three bedroomed properties, provided with ample amenity space and parking facilities.

“We feel this planning application should be looked favourably upon as we feel there are no justifiable reasons for refusal.”

In February Nightingale House announced the shop would be closing and that its staff and volunteers would be relocating to other branches.

The charity, which provides specialist palliative care services, is now planning to open a new flagship store on the site of the former Boots outlet on Regent Street in Wrexham this month.

It says the new shop will be its biggest yet and will stock a range of products including womenswear, menswear, children’s wear, furniture, homeware and upcycled furniture.