Historic Wrexham pub ravaged by fire could be demolished
Liam Randall, local democracy reporter
A historic Wrexham pub which was ravaged by fire could be demolished to make way for housing.
The Dymock Arms in Penley, which dates back to the 16th century, was gutted by flames in January 2010 after an arson attack.
An application has now been submitted to knock down the Grade II-listed building and replace it with four new homes.
It follows the rejection of previous plans which would have seen part of the pub retained and converted into two houses because of a lack of information over how it would impact the property.
A structural survey of the pub has now been carried out by consultants acting on behalf of applicant Jim Murphy, who said the damage caused by the fire meant it was unsuitable to be reused.
In a letter sent following an inspection of the building last November, structural engineer Tim Wright said: “The Dymock Arms is the premises of a former public house which experienced a fire in January 2010 resulting in considerable structural damage.
“The original building is believed to date back to circa 1550 and is a Grade 2 listed building.
“Access onto the first floor was not possible as it was considered too dangerous, with the floors likely to collapse under footfall.
“The first-floor structure is in extremely poor condition with significant water damage resulting in extensive rot and considerable vegetation growth.
“Much of the timber support members at first floor and roof level are noted as being compromised, having been severely damaged as a result of the fire, in addition signs of wet rot was also noted.
“In conclusion, it is of our professional opinion that the timber elements of the 16th century area of the property no longer have any structural capacity and are not considered adequate to support any future floor or roof loading.”
During the fire, the pub suffered damage to both floors and roof, while part of the building’s timber frame was destroyed.
Other areas have also been impacted through exposure to the elements, vandalism and theft.
Documents sent to Wrexham Council show the new development proposed in its place would consist of two small and two large houses.
The local authority is expected to make a decision on the plans at a later date.