Published: Thursday, 21st April 2016
A master plan for Wrexham town centre has been adopted by the local planning authority and will form a key element of the county borough council’s emerging local development plan.
The town is the biggest settlement in North Wales.
The land-use strategy is designed to improve the footfall through the centre, make it greener and more accessible and improve the evening economy. It also aims to diversify the mix of leisure, arts and cultural activities as well as developing specialist and niche retailing and new housing.
The plan includes specific development and design guidance for parts of Bridge Street, Bodhyfryd, and Wrexham Fire Station as well as the prospect of a new town centre ‘heart’, possibly centred on Queens Square and/or Henblas Street.
The land use strategy has proposed that the Bodhyfryd area of the town could be developed with up to 290 flats, a multi-storey car park, up to 7,600 square metres of offices as well as pubs, restaurants and some shops.
The council recently won almost £11m in a bid to help to kick-start regeneration projects in the town through the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places scheme. That funding is being used to develop plans for a cultural arts hub in the town centre, as well as bringing empty shopping areas back into public use.