Plans have been unveiled and submitted for an eyesore site in Conwy that has been empty for 12 years.The land in the shadow of Conwy castle was home to Billington’s Garage which closed back in 2007. It has been empty since then with the garage buildings on Llanrwst Road eventually demolished in 2012.
Retailer Co-op have signed up for a scheme to build a convenience store on the site. Plans for the shop with ATM are being submitted by local planning consultants Cadnant Planning, supported by ourselves, to Conwy council.
Matt Jones, Director of MJA commented…. “We recognise the importance of this brownfield site, which has lain vacant for many years and is in need of redevelopment. Not only is it on one of the main thoroughfares into the historic town of Conwy from Snowdonia, but it also forms part of the essential setting of the World Heritage Site of Conwy castle and the town walls.
“We have therefore worked closely with Cadnant Planning and the local authority conservation department to design a simple but dynamic building with a gull wing style roof, zinc metal cladding and natural stone that complements and blends in well its surroundings through the sensitive use of scale, form and materials.”
Rhys Davies, from Cadnant Planning, said: “Considering the surroundings of the site and its impacting upon the setting of the World Heritage site, Conservation area and setting of a number of listed buildings, the design of the proposal has been crucial in developing a suitable use and development for the site.”
He said the design of every side of the building would be important given its setting and that the building has been set back into the site, as close as possible to the river Gyffin to protect key views of the castle.
Mr Davies added: “As the site has been disused now for some time is fair to say the site has a detrimental impact in terms of the visual amenity of both the World Heritage Site of Conwy castle and town walls and the broader locality.
“Subsequently, full planning permission was granted for the erection of a restaurant with ancillary retail unit but this was not developed.”
Watch this space for further developments