A FORMER village bank could be turned into flats.

Plans received by Wrexham Council request permission to change the use of the former HSBC bank in Well Street, Cefn Mawr.

The scheme proposes to change the building into seven flats, as well as an extension on the existing building.

A heritage impact statement submitted with the scheme explains: "The building was built circa. 1900 and it forms part of an important group of commercial buildings on Well Street.

"The application is for change of use to the basement, ground first & second floor to form seven residential apartments.

"None of the proposed works will adversely affect the fabric or appearance of the building.

"The external aesthetics to Well Street will be retained.

"Re-roofing works will be required for the new extension to be 'cut' into the existing roof."

The Leader:

Above: The site in 2009 (Image: Google)

The statement continues: "Analysis has informed the design process and as such it is considered that the presented scheme offers development that compliments the character of the surrounding area.

"The aim has been to design a development that maintains the character of the existing surrounding buildings and as such works to the frontage are minimal with carefully selected traditional detailing echoing Burton Buildings.

"It is considered that the proposed development will offer suitable residential premises with convenient access to all local amenities.

"There is a public car parking provision in close proximity directly opposite to the site.

"It is not intended that parking be provided in association with the new

residential accommodation."

According to the planning application, the site is currently vacant.

The heritage statement adds: "The proposals will keep in use and maintain an important building in the streetscene."