North East Wales

Premier Inn plan at Jacques yard, Wrexham, decision due

Former Jacques scrap yard site, Wrexham
Image caption Plans include an 83-bed hotel and car park off Mold Road, Wrexham

Plans for a 83-bed Premier Inn hotel on the site of a former scrapyard in Wrexham go before the local authority planning committee on Monday.

The £6m scheme is recommended for approval, subject to conditions.

These include the protection of an ancient monument, Wat's Dyke, and the common lizard which has been found living on the site.

Building contractor Worthington Properties has said the hotel would create 33 full and part-time jobs.

It is the third significant planning application at Jacques yard in recent years.

Other recent plans for the site in Regent Street, Wrexham, include a residential scheme for 228 apartments in 2008, and two applications for extra care apartments.

If approved the development would have to safeguard the Wat's Dyke, a scheduled monument on part of the site.

There are conflicting opinions about when the earthwork was built, but it could have been the 5th or 6th Century.

Cadw - the body which looks after Wales' ancient monuments - says it considers the scheme will have a positive impact on the monument as identifying and preserving the remains of the dyke in situ will help establish Wat's Dyke as a "significant topographic feature".

Wrexham council's planning meeting will be held on Monday 2 April at 18:30 BST at the Guildhall.

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