Bid to save historic Golden Grove Inn from demolition looks set to fail

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Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A BID to save an historic pub building due for demolition looks set to fail.

Wrexham Council’s planning committee is expected to give the green light to plans for two homes to be built on the site of the Golden Grove Inn in Llyndir Lane, Rossett.

It is proposed the pub building be knocked down to make way for two four-bedroom houses.

The pub was Grade II listed in 1963 – but taken off the register in 1997 after changes to the interior of the building meant it lost historical significance.

Listed buildings have a higher level of protection against plans to change their character or look.

A report due to go before the planning committee at Monday’s meeting from 4pm, rubbishes claims the building dated back to the 13th century.

A statement from the Clwyd-Powys Archeological Trust said: “It is clear from the report that approximately 20 per cent of the original 17th century cottage survives within the much altered later extensions.

“The poor survival of the original structure does not merit any protection and sufficient recording work has been completed to update information held within the Historic Environment Record.

“There is no truth to the 1960s assignment of the building to a 13th century origin as displayed on the pub signage and this can be confidently dismissed.”

A dozen objections were received in response to the plans, as well as a petition which garnered 1,019 signatures.

The majority of concerns centred around the demolition of what objectors say is an historic building.

In April, campaigners unsuccessfully called for Cadw to re-list the building and protect it from demolition, saying it would make more sense to preserve it and convert part of the interior while saving the more architecturally significant parts.

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