TWO empty properties in Wrexham town centre could be turned into a bar and restaurant if newly entered plans prove successful.

An application has been submitted to convert the old Barclays Bank building on the High Street, along with a next door shop.

The listed structures are said to have been empty for several years and a number of internal changes have been outlined.

However, planning agents acting on behalf of the company behind the scheme said they would seek to respect the history of the buildings.

The proposals include retaining the existing vault and safe room for private dining.

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The empty shop on Wrexham's High Street

In a heritage impact assessment prepared for Clydesdale Project Management Limited, consultant Pete Lloyd said: "Numbers 38 to 41 comprise two units – both vacant – most recently used as a cheque cashing business and a bank.

"They are Grade II listed as part of an important group of commercial buildings on the High Street.

"The application premises have been vacant for some time, having initially failed to sell.

"The future, sensitive management and operation of the buildings, long-term preservation through managed change in a new commercial use is the key objective of the proposal.

"The contribution of an active frontage, with daytime and evening opening times will positively benefit the vitality of the street and demonstrate a commitment to its viability through the investment."

The former bank was originally built in the late 19th century.

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Barclay's Bank made changes to the ground floor of the building in 1970 when they moved in.

However, the company relocated to nearby Hope Street in 2009 after investing £1m on creating a new branch.

Meanwhile, the next door building was created in the late 18th century and was last home to the Cheque Centre.

Wrexham Council is expected to make a decision on the application to bring both properties back into use at a later date.