Former Wrexham police station demolition is approved
Plans to demolish Wrexham's former police station to make way for a Lidl supermarket and drive-through coffee shop have been given the go-ahead.
The 10-storey 1970s block at Bodhyfryd closed in 2019 with officers moving to a new £21.5m divisional base in Llay.
An attempt to have the property listed as historic failed, and 365 people signed a petition urging a better use.
Planners also rejected claims from rival supermarket Asda that a new store would create too much traffic.
Councillors were told that given the site's previous use as a divisional police headquarters, the increase in traffic would be less than 5% and not considered significant.
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One member had raised concerns about the risk of pollution to pupils at a nearby primary school, and asked if there was a need for another supermarket in the town centre.
In response, officers said Lidl had successfully demonstrated the need for the new supermarket based on the findings of a retail assessment conducted by the council.
They added that the volume of cars using the drive-through coffee shop was unlikely to have an impact on pollution.
The planning committee voted unanimously to approve the scheme, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.