Llandudno Pier Pavilion’s £18m revamp returns to planners

Proposals for an apartment and restaurant complex in Llandudno are due to go before Conwy Council’s planning committee next week, three months after a decision was first deferred.

A decision on the proposal was deferred in December last year after council members called for an amended design that was “more sympathetic” with the project’s seafront surroundings.

Developer Alan Waldron and Denbigh-based architects Creu have now made a series of amendments to the project and it is has been recommended for approval by planning officers, ahead of a committee meeting next week.

These amendments included the retention of colonnade columns along the pier’s frontage, and changes to the cladding.

The plans include 48 apartments, two restaurants, and a car park on the site, which has been empty for 23 years after the old pavilion was destroyed by a fire.

The ten-storey building will include car parking on the lower three levels, followed by a level of restaurants, with the apartments on the upper six levels.

An atrium will link the pier with Happy Valley Road while the development will provide a combined 20,000 sq ft of restaurant and public realm.

Recommending the scheme for approval, Conwy planning officers said: “The development is considered to be a high quality of design and it would deliver significant community benefit in terms of improving the existing derelict site, enhancing the local environment and benefittting the local economy and housing.”

The developer said the project was likely to create 100 permanent jobs once complete, alongside a number of jobs throughout the construction process.

Waldron said: “There has been a debate over whether this site should be for tourism but that’s something I explored more than a decade ago, and it was just not viable.

“I would like to thank the businesses, local members and residents who engaged with us during the design process and gave feedback, which was taken into account.

“We hope to get the green light next week so we can make this dream a reality.”

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