PERMISSION is being sought to convert a listed town centre building from offices into a wine bar.

Wrexham Council has received an application seeking to make the change for 36 High Street in the town, currently the offices of Arthur J Gallacher, an insurance broker.

The original building which includes no 36 and 37, is a former house dating back to the 18th century and is Grade II listed.

According to documents submitted with the application, it had been in use as a shop for many years and was listed in 980, the same year it was renovated.

The Heritage Impact Assessment submitted with the application states: "The building is within Wrexham town centre and forms part of an important group of buildings on the south side of the High Street.

"The existing shop front will remain with the paintwork touched up as necessary.

"The internal decoration will remain similar to existing with all timber doors and frames remaining painted with a combination of paint and wallpaper finishes.

"A new gents' toilet and disabled toilet are to be constructed to the rear of the building within the existing archive / office area.

"All internal furnishings and decoration will be sympathetic to the building and its surroundings and in fitting with its historic nature."

The assessment adds: "An outside area will be provided to the rear of the building utilising the existing courtyard area.

"Some additional outside furniture will be provided within this area.

"Access to the building will not change. Access into the building will be through the existing doorway on High Street.

"We consider these proposals to be fully in accordance with the planning policy as they are sympathetic to the building and surrounding environment.

"The refurbishment works are minimal and will not damage the historic fabric of the building."

Wrexham Council's planning committee will make a decision on the application at a future date.