You can now have your say on our Placemaking Plan, which is about improving the centre of Wrexham and we’re asking you to influence how it should look, feel, and function.
Specifically, we want the Plan to promote better design and development, and help establish more appealing social, cultural, economic uses and activities in the city centre.
The aim is to make Wrexham the number one destination for people from across the area, as the place for shopping, working, learning, culture and entertainment. A centre that provides developers, businesses and organisations with the confidence and encouragement to invest in the city.
Just as the wider economy of Wrexham has changed over the past twenty years, Wrexham’s centre needs to go through its own period of change.
Work is already under way in response to changing trends in shopping and living and to grow its cultural, commercial and community assets.
However, there are challenges facing the centre that the proposed strategies and projects set out in the Plan will seek to directly address.
There are four distinct areas each defined by their urban character, current land-uses and their potential for change.
- Old Town – defined by its heritage, street pattern and retail and cultural land uses. The aim is to celebrate Wrexham’s identity through the continued improvements and repair of its historic townscape character and create a destination at the ‘historic heart’ of the centre.
- Civic Quarter – defined by its open, green campus form and concentration of civic facilities and employment.
- Regent Street Corridor – defined by its linear form and connection to the railway station and investment in Wrexham Gateway.
- Gwenfro Brook – defined by its fragmented urban form and large vacant or underused sites.
To have your say on these areas please click here.
Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said, “Wrexham has a unique and proud identity and is now one of the most talked about places in the UK, and internationally, following the City of Culture bid and the Hollywood takeover and successes of Wrexham football club.
“We now have more opportunities for investment in the city centre and I would encourage everyone to take part in the consultation and help us to have a Plan that takes advantage of these opportunities.”
Cllr Nigel Williams, Lead Member for Economy and Regeneration, said, “We want a city centre that is people focused, where visitors want to stay and relax, bring their families and enjoy everything that’s on offer.
“These are challenging times but we are confident that we can have a city centre that’s the number one destination for people across the region.”
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