DEVELOPERS have come back with a fresh plan to demolish a vicarage and build a block of flats instead.

Plans to pull down the Holy Trinity Vicarage, on Palmyra Square, and replace it with a nine-storey apartment block were shelved last summer.

But now a new scheme has been submitted to Warrington Borough Council to construct a six-storey block instead.

It will house 20 apartments, with space for a shop on the ground floor.

In the application, developers say: "The design is a more traditional design than the previous proposal for the nine storey apartment block, and now features a tiled roof over a mix of brick with stone banding and stone heads and cills."

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The new block, centre, will be higher than the neighbouring Knightsbridge Court apartment block

The application includes a bat survey and recommends that developers include provision for the mammals in plans.

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The report said: "Two nocturnal surveys were completed at the site. Common pipistrelle bats were found to be foraging around the site, mainly in the corridor between the two buildings and the rear of the vicarage.

"No bat roosting was revealed, but the roost site for these bats must have been in the vicinity and a precautionary approach to demolition of Holy Trinity Vicarage is recommended.

"No other protected species were detected.

"Design features should be included to accommodate birds and bats during both the refurbishment of Palmyra House and the construction of the building on the site of Holy Trinity Vicarage."