PLANS for a four-storey building of 76 apartments in the heart of Warrington town centre look set to be approved.

The scheme would see Arpley House on Wilson Patten Street demolished to clear the way for the new building on Wilson Patten Street close to the police station.

Councillors will debate the scheme at a meeting on Thursday.

According to the developer, the top of the door surround on Arpley House would be retained and displayed in a communal garden for residents.

It also says that the new development would make more efficient use of the footprint of the site, incorporating basement car parking spaces, a ground floor cycle store and a lobby for residents.

The communal garden would be created at the rear of the development.

Mike Gore, director at architects Chester Falconer Hall, said: “The aim is to deliver a confident, contemporary rendition of apartment living.

“The scheme looks to knit the street scene back together and provide a visual link with the existing Georgian terraces along Wilson Patten Street.

“The proposed material palette will ensure the building sits well within its context.”

Jeremy Clarke, of Park Equity Invests Limited, added: “This opportunity will provide a coherent development, making full use of the site resulting in energy efficient residential accommodation.”

Members of the council's development management committee have been recommended to approve the plans when they meet on Thursday.

Planning documents state: "It is recognised that this development will secure a high quality addition to the existing regeneration of the wider area and will be a positive addition to the street scene on Wilson Patten Street."