AN appeal over plans to turn a former white goods store into a taxi office has been thrown out amid concerns it would cause parking problems in Wrexham town centre.
Proposals were submitted in September last year by Eddie Roberts, owner of Yellow Cars, to allow his taxi firm to relocate to the old R&E Appliances shop on Trinity Street.
Permission for the change of use was refused by officials from Wrexham Council because of a lack of parking spaces and the impact on road safety next to the town’s bus station.
Mr Roberts later appealed to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales in a bid to have the decision overturned after an agent acting on his behalf said the company’s existing office on King Street was too small.
It was also claimed in an appeal statement that the application was mainly rejected due to claims that drivers for the taxi firm had been parking indiscriminately outside its current base.
However, a planning inspector appointed by the Welsh Government has upheld the local authority’s ruling after finding the scheme would pose an “unacceptable risk” to road users.
In a report outlining her decision, Joanne Burston said: “The appellant acknowledges that the proposal is in part motivated by an attempt to remedy alleged parking infractions near his existing premises at King Street.
“It is suggested that relocating the business from a very busy part of the street network to the appeal site would benefit highway safety.
“However, I saw that Trinity Street is equally busy whilst the concerns around indiscriminate parking would not be entirely removed as the vacated premises would remain available for the same use by a different occupier.
“I conclude that the proposal would be likely to lead to indiscriminate parking and congestion, and impede the flow of traffic, thereby creating an unacceptable risk to highway safety.
“Whilst I acknowledge its operational advantages to the business and the small contribution the proposal would make to an increased choice of travel options, these considerations do not outweigh the harm I have identified in relation to the main issue, including impeding public transport near Wrexham Bus Station.”
In a decision notice issued in November, the council’s chief planning officer Lawrence Isted said the proposals failed to offer “adequate provision” for vehicles to park in a busy town centre location.
He added it would potentially harm the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.
Having considered all the issued raised by both parties, Ms Burston concluded that the appeal should be dismissed.
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