Wrexham County Borough Council approved the masterplan at a meeting of its executive board yesterday.
According to a planning report considered by the council, the need for the masterplan came from "the need for town centre regeneration following the impact of international, national and local economic events and trends, together with a need to provide firm planning policy and guidance to allow regeneration to be delivered".
It said that the document’s purpose would be "twofold; to help in delivering investment, regeneration and raising the town centre's profile; and to support planning in the emerging local development plan and in dealing with planning applications in the masterplan area".
The masterplan document says that the centre "currently has very few residential properties directly within it yet town centre living can be an attractive and sustainable option for a wide range of people including young professionals and an ageing population".
It says that, "with a number of vacant and underused buildings in the town centre there are opportunities for alternative uses.
"A diverse town centre population can help bring life into the town, create passive surveillance, support exiting businesses, an evening economy and new town centre uses that can help add vibrancy to the town".
The document supports "higher density development and high rise development" in and adjacent to the town centre.
Other key objectives include: improving the town centre’s identity; improving visitor experience; improving accessibility; improving the evening economy; and making the town centre greener.