A DERELICT chapel could be transformed into a three-bedroom house.

Plans have been submitted to Wrexham Council to convert Salem Chapel in the village of Pentre Broughton which has been empty for several decades.

If permission is granted it would see part of the front of the building demolished and rebuilt.

The developers behind the proposals said it would lead to a large improvement in the appearance of the property.

In a planning statement they said: “The chapel has been vacant for a number of years and has fallen into a state of disrepair.

“As we understand the chapel has been closed since 1985, in that time the building has deteriorated, with windows missing and the interior of the structure in an extremely poor state of disrepair.

“The chapel is an imposing and well-preserved building that contributes to the local history of the former industrial community at Moss and Pentre Broughton and as such is a building of local architectural and historical interest.

“The retention of this structure is key in terms of conservationists who see its loss as detrimental to the area.

“To ensure the character of the building is retained but space is made available for off road parking the front facade will be carefully taken down and re-built reducing the size of the overall structure.”

A previous application to convert the structure was rejected by the council because of the lack of parking spaces.

The developers have warned that without remedial works the building could soon deteriorate further.

The proposals will be considered by Wrexham Council at a future date.