PLANS to build a hotel next to a pub in Wrexham have been given the green light.

Marstons entered a planning application to build accommodation with 24 beds next to the Plas Coch on one of the town’s main retail parks back in May.

Wrexham Council’s planning committee has today given its backing to the proposals after local councillor Marc Jones said they would benefit the town.

Concerns were raised by one neighbour about the amount of traffic on the Plas Coch Retail Park, but council officers said the development would be unlikely to significantly add to the amount of vehicles on the road.

Planning officer Matthew Phillips said: “We have one representation raising concerns about increased traffic on the roundabout, increased noise pollution and the overlooking of a footpath to make pedestrians feel unsafe.

“The nearest residential properties are more than 100 metres away and the nearest student accommodation is 30 metres away off Plas Coch Road.

“In terms of the impact on safety of pedestrians around the site, this site won’t have an unacceptable impact.”

In a design and access statement, Marstons representatives said the development would result in 10 new jobs to assist with housekeeping, cooking and reception duties.

They added access to the hotel would be gained through a keycard security system with reception services operating 24 hours a day.

They said: “As part of a nationwide development programme, Marstons are looking to provide high quality and best value overnight accommodation on selected sites across their estate.

“These facilities will be provided within small scale lodges and will cater for the modern day traveller, be they on business or at leisure, as individuals or as a group or family.

“The proposed lodge will result in additional part time employment opportunity for local people with up to 10 additional full and part time positions to assist with housekeeping and reception duties in the lodge and additional service for breakfast in the existing pub/restaurant.”