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Offline SteveH

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Re: Everything to do with Conwy
« Reply #1530 on: January 04, 2024, 09:05:41 am »
A FORMER chapel building in Conwy could be converted into a holiday home complex, after plans were submitted.

The Grade II listed Capel Carmel building, a former Welsh Presbyterian Church, and the adjacent schoolhouse, on Chapel Street, would become residential holiday properties under new plans submitted to Conwy County Borough Council.

The vacant building dates back to the late 19th century, and the schoolhouse, which was a Sunday school for the chapel, is listed in its own right.

Under the plans, an area of the site surrounding the buildings would be demolished.

Sections of the buildings would be converted into a gaming area, barbecue and bar area, multiple terrace decks, bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen, and a lounge area, complete with an outdoor hot tub.

cont https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/24025246.listed-former-conwy-chapel-become-holiday-homes/?ref=rss&IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589

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Re: Everything to do with Conwy..........Giant 'carbuncle' could be removed
« Reply #1531 on: January 13, 2024, 08:55:15 am »
Giant 'carbuncle' could be removed from historic Conwy's skyline - and many will be glad
The 'concrete monstrosity' has been a dominant feature in the Medieval town for 60 years

"Giant carbuncle" and "concrete monstrosity" are two descriptions of a prominent landmark that's been on the Conwy skyline for the past 60 years. Situated by the quay in the centre of historic Conwy, the original Civic Hall was designed in a Tudor Gothic style.

But following a fire in 1966, the hall was rebuilt in sheet concrete, with parts of the old foyer and tower incorporated. It is fair to say it divided opinion in the UNESCO World Heritage Site - and most people fell on the side of hating it.

The future of the Civic Hall has been up in the air for years with the theatre section on the upper floor closing and the library later moving to the Conwy Culture Centre. Pub chain JD Wetherspoon promised to invest ?3m, creating 50 jobs in the town in 2018 but the council?s cabinet turned down that offer, which was the only bid for the site at the time.

Now an application has been submitted to Conwy council to secure planning permission. It contains more details on the proposals - including the plan to remove the 1960s concrete block.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/giant-carbuncle-could-removed-historic-28439504?IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589


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Re: Everything to do with Conwy
« Reply #1532 on: January 13, 2024, 01:59:17 pm »
It asks the question, which Planning Office  allowed the carbuncle to happen in the first place?

The Planning office of CCBC  is still making costly blunders but doesn't seem to learn from past mistakes made.     

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Re: Everything to do with Conwy
« Reply #1533 on: January 13, 2024, 06:40:20 pm »
Until 1974 the Planning Authority for Conwy town was the then Caernarfonshire County Council which discharged the function via a Northern Area Planning Committee.  The committee comprised County Councillors plus representatives from each of the District or Borough Councils whose area it covered.  The planning staff were employees of the County Council.  It is very doubtful if any of the current  planners at Conwy CBC were even born in the mid 1960s.  The corresponding Authority for Colwyn Bay/Rhos etc was the Western Area Planning Committee of the County Council of the true Denbighshire.

If you put 5 different planning officers in a room, you would get 5 different views on an application - unlike most other professional disciplines, planning is not an exact process.  Nothing changes.

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Re: Everything to do with Conwy
« Reply #1534 on: January 14, 2024, 12:13:11 pm »
If you put 5 different planning officers in a room, you would get 5 different views on an application - unlike most other professional disciplines, planning is not an exact process.  Nothing changes.

And there lies the problem Cambrian.     Decisions are made at a Planning Committee meeting  by people who are not qualified on planning issues
If anyone attends a Planning Committee meeting or views it online they would be shocked to witness how little effort is put in by the Councillors.      All the matters seem to be rubber stamped and the only thing that the Planning Committee seem to be able to agree on is their pay and expenses

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Re: Everything to do with Conwy
« Reply #1535 on: January 19, 2024, 10:07:28 am »
A DERELICT landmark that dominates the Conwy town skyline could be transformed into a hub for business and tourism, as part of new plans submitted to the council.

The Grade II listed Conwy Civic Hall dates back to 1898, and lies on the site believed to have once been used as a marketplace at some point after the 17th century.

Large parts of the original building were destroyed in the fire of 1966, which lead to the construction of a ?concrete box? section in the late 1960s, which comprises most of the site.

cont https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/24058777.detrimental-sections-forgotten-conwy-landmark-removed/


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Re: Everything to do with Conwy
« Reply #1536 on: February 03, 2024, 10:02:05 am »
CONWY Police Station is set to be partly demolished and transformed into an apart-hotel with a possible cafe  if planning permission is granted.

Plans have been submitted by architects for the former police station on Lancaster Square which include repairs, alterations, and partial demolition of the building.

The station is a listed building within Conwy?s walls, a World Heritage Site, but has been closed since 2022, with police operations gradually scaled back over the years.

cont https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/24094986.hotel-plans-former-conwy-police-station/?ref=rss&IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589